While strolling through Green Lakes State Park, the SU campus and several other everyday environments, I was struck by the number of shapes and patterns resembling letters of the alphabet. Especially for typography found in organic environments, the fact that human inventions mimic nature, and not the other way around, became particularly evident to me. This project also led me to notice details in campus art and architecture that I had not paid attention to in my seven years studying and working at SU. The “B” above was captured from imagery in a mosaic mural, The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti by Ben Shahn, on the Huntington-Beard-Crouse building.
For all 26 images, view my Flickr album.
I collected my alphabet on campus, in and around my house, in Destiny USA, and also somewhere in downtown. This assignment really provides me an “excuse” to walk out my room and into this city.
My example is a bench which looks like a “L”. I grasped this on a street a block away from my house. There are many restaurant and stores a long the street. People sited outside the restaurant, killing the last time of their weekends. The curve connection on the edge of the bench, as well as the warm color, matches the atmosphere on this street extremely well.
Here is my Flickr gallery for the rest of photos.
The image included is an “A” found in the Chipotle on campus. I found this exercise to be challenging, although it did get a bit easier towards the end of the alphabet. It certainly helped me to view objects, street signs and architectural designs in a different light – which I hope will be just the beginning of a way for me to see things differently and hopefully more artistically. Even after I was completed with the exercise, I started to see everything differently – trying to make designs into letters to see if it would be possible. I’m excited to see what other exercises can help change my view on everyday objects and scenery. To view the rest of my album, click here!
The found typography assignment was an interesting experience because it taught me to think outside the box. Some letters were easier to find, while others required you to get really creative. This G is my favorite found typography because although it was one of the toughest to find it provides some comic relief. It looks like someone broke a brick out of frustration with this assignment and improvised the letter just for me!
In completing this assignment, I learned that the English alphabet is a reflection of what we are accustomed to seeing in our daily lives. I was reminded of the fact that the English alphabet consists of characters that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but simple and common. I believe that in utilizing simple and common expressions to create the English alphabet, the idea was to reflect the shapes and objects that we have grown accustomed to in our daily lives. Thus, in doing so, I believe this simplifies communication among people by means of linguistics.
I learned that typography is used vastly throughout architecture. Before this assignment, I never really paid attention to the use of typography. This exercise has opened my eyes to the different types of typography found within buildings, objects and writing. I took my picture while walking down Crouse Street. I noticed this wooden structure that resembled the letter T. Many of my other images are also found within architecture around the Syracuse area. After this exercise, I am more aware of the various uses of typography that are all around us.
Link to Chantre’ Smith’s Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/gp/133046076@N08/rv72dX
This is the letter “I” I found while walking through my neighborhood; however, depending on perspective, it could be seen as an “H” as well. After completing this project and the expressive type exercise, I found that perspective is incredibly important to conveying a certain message to an audience. We all view things differently and depending on how you frame an image or concept, it makes it easier to communicate and bridge ideas.
Most of the images I found were taken my apartment, my neighborhood, and the Newhouse Clambake.
This was the second “H” I found during the Typography Hunt and it stood out to me more than my other letters because of the curve. My other letters are very geometric. Usually I’m fairly good at spotting out letters but this exercise put me at a hyper-aware level to where it was difficult for me to find all the letters. I had to tell myself to relax and to just keep an eye out. From there, the exercise got easier. It also helped me understand my younger sister’s point-of-view, who is a graphic designer, and the work that goes into her job. Much of our environment is full of typography and art. It’s a just a matter of us making something out of it. You can view the rest of my Typography Hunt here.
I chose to capture most of my letters using images of real objects, such as a bottle opener for the letter F, a conch shell for the letter G, and a pair of escalators for the letter X. This exercise showed me that there are so many objects in our world that mimic typography, even down to functional items such as a vacuum cleaner (the letter L) or a chandelier (the letter W). Overall I found that most anything can be looked at with a typographic perspective to show that letters and symbols are all around us. See the rest of my images here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133956792@N03/?savedsettings=19456248359#photo19456248359