Summer Task

Illuminated letter forms 

I had to develop one contemporary illuminated letter form. By using the first letter of my name which is D. We had the choice as to how we wanted to present our letter, whether it being hand drawn, computer generated, collaged etc. No bigger than A3 and based on an existing typeface. It had to include three essential pieces of information:

  • Who inspires you?
  • An interesting fact about myself.
  • Why choose Cardiff School of Art and Design?

I first began to research illuminated letter forms. I enjoyed learning about how letter forms / typefaces started and developed.

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From research I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do. I would have liked to encoporate Andy warhol style to my finished piece, by using the technique of screen printing. However, with limited materials at the time, I decided that  stencilling was the best option to me.

So I started to research techniques this website below was the most helpful and relevant to what i wanted to achieve.

I also researched a street Artist called Bansky. One of his main techniques is the use of stencils when he works.  https://en.wikipedia.olaugh-now-sandwich-board-wearing-monkey-by-banksyrg/wiki/Banksy. I am fond of his works and I find some humorous however there are many political connotations, which make you think twice about what you are looking at. His technique is very effective, and I hope to achieve the same effect.



After much research and development in my sketch book. I got started on my final piece


I really benefited from and enjoyed this project as it has reignited my passion for Graphic design, and art.   I look forward to getting stuck into my course with enthusiasm.



Word – Typography Introduction

Typography is one of the main parts of understanding graphic design. It is the art and technique of arranging type to make them appealing and legible to the viewer. Understanding the basic principles of typography such as the history, form, and function of visual language will increase my awareness and appreciation of typography, to be able to be expressive within my own designs.

One of the first exercises that we part took in was looking at spacing between the type.   Which is known as kerning and tracking.

To kern” means to adjust the spacing between a pair of letters, numerals, punctuation, etc. (properly “glyphs”) so that their spacing looks correct. The letters AV, for example, have to overlap in any usual typeface, otherwise at least one them ends up looking lost and bewildered. Their kerning is tightened to snug them up to one another. An italic f will collide with a following question or quote mark in some fonts, so the kerning must be opened up from the default spacing.”

“Letter spacing (often “tracking” in software applications) adjusts the spacing between all the glyphs in a piece of text. This can help to make a page look a little more open and inviting, for example, especially with a similarly open leading. Very large type, such as a big headline, almost always benefits from tightening the tracking. Tiny type, such as in captions or footnotes, is made more readable by opening the letter spacing a bit, especially if the paper is absorbent and will allow the ink to spread a little.”

Information taken from Graphic design website on stack exchange:


For this exercise we had to write our names whilst tracing over the top of either serif or san serif letters. I found it quite difficult to begin with, to get the spacing right. As you can see from the photo of my sketch book it took a few goes. After trying to master free hand spacing, we were asked to cut up and stick to word language onto place, this too was fairly difficult, my first attempt left me with letters floating off the line.

These exercises help myself to gain a better understanding of the importance of spacing between type as Kerning and tracking can be applied to text to create special text effects for headlines, subheads, newsletter nameplates and logos.Exaggerated tracking can produce an effective and eye-catching title. Extreme kerning or over-kerning creates special effects with tightly spaced or overlapping characters.