For this brief we were asked to come up with a six word story that encapsulates the essence of a Roald Dahl story of our choice. I decided to go with one of my favourite Roald Dahl stories from my childhood ‘The Twits’. The word that I choose were ‘Hairy revolting duo play beastly tricks‘. From this I had to create an A3 black and white typographic poster. Thing that we had to consider:
- The majority or all of the letterforms must be hybrids
- Must not contain any illustration or image
- The tone of the words used
- Can use both upper and lower case
- size and scale of the letters
- Placement of the text
To begin with I started to look at Hybography – typographic hybrid. This process creates new forms using half serif and half san-serif. You can do this by cutting and chopping letters and placing them together. We were given a large sheet with serif and san-serif letters on, like the photo to the left. By tracing over the letters half and half, I was able to create the hybrids letterforms. The next part was to choose descriptive words and convey their meaning with my newly created letterform. These are some of my experiments. Think that word explode came out the most effective.
Below are a few sketches that I made in my sketch book of ideas that I started to have.
After initial drawings I started to develop my ideas in Illustrator. Fonts used that I used Luminari (serif) and Duperpro (Sanserif)
I was trying to make the hypo font messy and a little playful. I was trying to make the word revolting look like it was throwing up the duo, I turned the g around to give this effect, with the word duo spilling out of the g’s mouth. The word Play I created the effect of it being playful by placing the a above to make it look like the l and the y were kicking it about. For Beastly I used the white arrow (in illustrator) to drag the whole word down to give the effect of it being more scary / sinister. The word tricks, I turned the i and the k inside down so that it had a mischievous look.
It was challenging to make the words come across as their descriptions, and getting to grips with Illustrator, as it was something that i had not used before. However from looking at the piece again I would have liked to make hairy and tricks larger to stand out more to emphasise these words. I think that I may do some more tweaking to this piece to get a cleaner outlook of the whole piece.
six-word-story-2-02 this is my final piece
6-word-story the alphabet that I made with two different fonts.