Type Studies Two

On our first session back we had an discussion about our work, and from that information I gathered that I would go in the direction of Human Rights; more specifically Child Labour.

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I had done some research on the project, as I wanted to a get a better understanding on the project I was undertaking.


New Designs

From the new research I gathered, I decided to choose a new word would be in order; I decided to choose the word “Voiceless” as is went with my theme of Child Labour, as many children felt voiceless, and no one could hear them.

I used various materials to try and recreate the word “Voiceless”. I used thread, as I felt that it was the most appropriate for my theme, as I felt it emulated the children’s jobs in sweatshop factories.

I used fabric glue and doubled up black thread.
I used fabric glue and doubled up black thread.
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I used various types of thread to create this background.
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Voiceless threaded in various shades of blue.

When I had a group discussion about my work. i was told that ‘in order to be voiceless there needed to be a voice there before’, so, I was told I needed some sort of ghosting; which I had done in my next experiment.

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Voiceless threaded in various shades of blue.


I started to play around with my handmade designs on computer design software.

Threaded background, and a play on logo's
Threaded background, and a play on logo’s

I started to play around with logos and slogans, of companies that use child labour to complete their jobs. I used PhotoShop to design this; I first looked at the companies logos and slogans to get a good idea of what and how they are selling their products to the market. I used this information to come up with a design, that plays with their slogans.

Information Side of The Poster

I used the word ‘VOICELESS’ as an acronym for the leaflet side of the poster. I used each letter to show an aspect of child labour. I done research on the subject, so, therefore, I had a substantial amount of knowledge to to do this task.

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Information on Child Labour.

I added a brief about each point at the top in bold font in comparison to the larger text, which is not in bold. I made the title letter slightly larger than everything else, so, therefore, it was easy to differentiate it for the word.

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Information on Child Labour.

I decided to add the title at the bottom of the page, and add the first letter of the title in the form of a thread design that I had done. I felt that the first design had a lot of writing, and wouldn’t engage the user as I would want; so, therefore, I just added the brief of the subject.

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Voiceless Background

I used my ‘Voiceless’ typeface design, that I had done in Type Studies One. I used different layers and sizes, and opacity to give it a different dimensions.

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Voiceless Poster Design – One

I added the threaded voiceless on top of the background design. The threaded voiceless was scanned through onto the computer, I then used image trace, and changed the opacity of on the of the designs, to give it a illusion of a drop shadow, and that it is also getting cut open, as there is a slit in the middle of the poster.

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Voiceless Poster Design – Two

I decided to use the white space, so, therefore, the voiceless was alone and no one there listen to them.

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Voiceless Poster Design – Three

I used my thread background, and added a white background on top to make the colours not as bright as they are. I added a the black threaded voiceless design on top.

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Voiceless Poster Design – Four

I used the previous design, but I made the design black and white, as I felt that they were very bright and overpowering.

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Voiceless Poster Design – Five

I decided to add a lot of leading between each word

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Voiceless Poster Design – Five
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Voiceless Poster Design – Six
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Voiceless Poster Design – Eight

Type Studies

Brief: Type and the Spirit of Our Time

Background to the Brief

“Typography is the direct visual representation of the tone of voice with which we express the spirit of our time” Jonathan Barnbrook

Visible language has existed since Palaeolithic (stone age) man made pictures on cave/rock faces c.30,000 BC. Since then making language visible has evolved, encompassing many and varied systems along its journey e.g. pictograms, ideograms and phonetics. While the modern Western alphabet differs vastly from the pictures our ancient predecessors drew, a strand of commonality connects us, them and the interim period that has led our written language to where it is today. That is whatever has been committed to a writing surface, in whatever alphabet system used, has and still does uniquely express a facet of the spirit of the time from which it originated and also the tone of voice in which this spirit was expressed. While content and use of words are of course significant, the visual styling and arrangement of this content speaks volumes. It indicates the current technology of the time e.g. use of clay, papyrus, stone, paper, chisel, quill, metal letters, phototypesetting and of course the Apple Mac; the social strata of the time e.g. literacy levels, class and feminism; the predominant culture of the time e.g. uncials, illuminations, incunabula; and the prevailing political forum e.g. propaganda posters, leaflets. In short it is not just the content – the words – that communicate a message, but also the way the words, letter-forms, punctuations and numerals or characters look. In short, it is the way the work is made and arranged that ‘sets the tone of voice’,

Monday 28th September 2015

On the first session of Type Studies I had with Gabbi, we had to listen to a thirty second video clip, whilst our eyes were closed. We had chosen our writing material to write down any words that represented our feelings or opinions that come to mind whilst listening to the content.

During the session we listened to the content numerous times to get a good grasp of the people’s feelings in the video, so, therefore, I could encapsulate them in the way of typography. During this part of the session, we passed around our pieces of work, so, therefore, we could get a different perspectives of the content from ourself, to see other people’s opinions and emotions towards the news report through typography.

Tuesday 29th September 2015

SSI Redcar Steel Plant Mothballed - Creative Type
SSI Redcar Steel Plant Mothballed – Creative Type

For my homework I listened to a news report which was about Iron and steelmaking at SSI’s Redcar plant in the north-east of England, which is to be mothballed, with the loss of 1,700 jobs. I listened to the report four times, whilst trying to encapsulate different feelings each time; I did this by using various materials, such as, pro markers, watercolour pencils, chalk pastel and oil pastels.

Wednesday 30th September 2015

On the second session with Gabbi, the groups were split into four sub classes, so, therefore more a discussion could go on.

Mock up Design

In Gabbi’s session we learnt many useful skills on designing the mock up for the poster design. we learnt about where and how the design should be placed on the poster, so, therefore, everything will be coherent with each other.

Mockup Design for Poster
Mockup Design for Poster

The final artwork will be printed on a A3 document. The final trim size of the poster is 400mmx278mm. The size of the booklet pages are 100mmx139mm.

Thursday 1st October 2015

I was assigned homework, that was based upon SSI Redcar Steel Plant Mothballed Creative Type work. I had to design hand drawn words, that were based upon my feelings and opinions on the news report.

I had to form three keywords that encapsulates my feelings, while boarding out the topic. The three keywords I chose were Muted, Why? and Money. 

Muted -The people in the article felt muted from everyone, nobody was listening to them, or answering any of their questions they had. The Prime Minister and the company they had all been loyal to were not answering them. The leadership style of the company is autocratic, and this is evident by the way they are handling the situation.

Why? -The workers were asking many questions of why this was happening to them, and why their livelihoods had to change.

Money -The SSI company had said the main reason as to why they were closing down the factory was because they were not making a profit from the business; I believe this to be a lie, for the reason that they feel that they are not making as profit as they could if they transfer the company to a less developed country, and have a eight year old complete the task at the fraction of the cost.

Hand drawn Words 



Monday 5th October 2015

At the start of the second week of Type Studies with Gabbi, we were in groups of four to five people, and we started discussing our hand drawn words; we talked about why we chose these particular words and why we designed the words in that way.

Gabbi then came around, and gave further advice of how we can further our project more. The advice I got was to use more powerful words, to grab the audience’s attention; so, therefore, I chose the word “voiceless” instead of “muted’ as I felt it fitted more with the theme of the article, in addition to that I felt it will grab the audience’s attention.

I decided to make more hand drawn words for the new word I had chosen.

Voiceless – Hand drawn