The Art of Typography #98 – Handmade Type

A picture says more than a thousand words!…But what if those words make a picture? Every friday we deliver you new fresh typography art. Today I have a typography experiment created by Tien-Min Liao, a designer from New York, NY, USA. This is a self-initiated typographic experiment that explores the relationships between upper-case letters and lower-case letters, and also records the transformation between them.

 

Handmade Type from Tien-Min Liao on Vimeo.

 

In this experiment, I (Tien-Min Liao) drew shapes with ink on one or both of my hands, manipulating my gestures into the corresponding shape to signify an upper-case letter. Then, using the same shape on my hands, I manipulated my gesture or changed the perspective through which the shape is viewed in order to transform the upper-case letter to a lower-case of the same letter. Removing or redrawing the darkened shape on my hands is not allowed in the experiment. The only way to make the model transform from an upper-case to a lower-case (or vice versa) is changing the gestures or the perspectives. I created 26 sets of these inked shapes and drew them on my hands. Each set is made to create both an upper-case and a lower-case letter, such as A and a. I also created some italic letters, hand-writing letters and some new typefaces with the same shapes. 

 

Handmade Type

 

Handmade Type

 

Handmade Type

 

Handmade Type

 

Handmade Type

 

Handmade Type

 

Handmade Type

 

Handmade Type

 

Handmade Type

 

Handmade Type

Handmade Type from Tien-Min Liao on Vimeo.

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Houke de Kwant is a 26 year old communication & multimedia design graduate from the Netherlands and the creator of TheArtHunters (former Daily Inspiration, which was started as part of his study). He is currently working as a front-end developer at Ivaldi, an internet agency in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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