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038: Mid Point Review 20/01/10

This is the note I took from MPR – Group discussion last week:

– Develop >> transition, integrate

– Think about if I want to do 2D images (still images), maybe I should think about distances and spaces. Where do audiences see the work? Play with quality of the image/ the languages/ play with breaking down of communication.

– Try animation? Maybe?

– Try Bitmap

– Think more about typefaces (emotional responses)

– Where imperfection idea places. In fonts? In projectors? Words? Meanings?

– Try to manipulate words

– Faults in fonts/ setting

– inherent/ property of fonts

– Different mediums: eg. projectors and papers and etc. OR 3 different projectors which have different qualities and defects

– Putting boundaries of technology: can be simple

– Jonathan suggested that I should have a look at Weinbier for contextual research, he has done work with noise and disruption

– Andy suggested that I should explore with kerning between letters, spacing, taking a word and play with it then take numbers and make note

– Rod talked about layout, that’s maybe it’s too perfect

– Black and white OR colours?

– Process/ loop of imperfection

– Word processing/ imperfection of types on paper and computer


033: Keeping up in 2010!

Happy New Year everyone! I know it’s a bit late to say but I hope you guys have an awesome year. I’d been taking care of my best friend and her sisters who came to London from Thailand for Christmas and New Year, so it was kinda like taking a big break for myself as well. Now I have to come back to reality and work on the project, like really. Luckily some new ideas were popping up in my head during the holiday so I’ve been jointing them down in my notebook.

Ok, let’s get started.

Firstly, I’d been asking myself what kind of imperfection theme I want to focus on. Like imperfection of what??? then use glitch technique and typography to help representing the idea.

maybe: using photography or cinematography to tell story of >>

1. life imperfection


2. technology imperfection

I want to use my own speeches/phrases in my project. So firstly I was focusing on what exactly people call ‘perfect’? Does it refer to materialistic things like money, houses, cars, societies, etc. Or does it refer to naturalistic things such as love, beauty, weather, etc. But I still look back to what the Wabi-Sabi book said about imperfection, that it’s ‘idealistic beauty’, profound ‘answers’ to life’s toughest questions, and nothing lasts forever.

So I chose to focus on the idea of ‘technology imperfection’ because nowadays technology plays a big role in our life and some people just believe it’s god, in term of it can do every freaking thing you want. Our lives have been slowly adapting to machines, which it should be other way around. So I want to play around with this idea presenting visual faults in technology.

I’d like to talk about technology and its advantages/ what makes people believe in when they read the phrases (the power of typography – using Helvetica, because it’s said that it’s the perfect typeface and somehow represents ‘perfection’). But then they have to stop and think again of how something can fail when glitch happens. The phrases will be based on ideas like “We are not scared because we have technology” kind of things, or even something like “Do not be afraid, we have things under control”. But the contradiction in here is the way people perceive information through reading and how the environment/technology presents itself. This is the main point I want to work on and make people realize that no matter how perfect one thing can be seen, it can always be imperfect.

013: Installation Ideas

We were talkingĀ  about installation stuff last week in class which it kinda occurs me of how I want to present my project. I know it has to be installation but I’m not sure how many screens or projectors I need. Because my project is actually about experimenting and experiencing on different environments, typefaces, and spaces. So either big screen, or a lot of small screens, combining with a projector and motion graphic.

I’ve noted that I have to research on;

– Why I choose this installation?

– Is it affective?

– Space/ Scale/ Lighting?

– Is it a right medium?

Digital or Manmade? Which one is more affective?

I’ve also been thinking about how the final project is gonna be, in term of forms;

Idea 1. Motion graphic

Idea 2. Projection of types, on wall/area/surfaces (manmade; paint/stickers/papers/etc.)

Idea 3. Projection of types, on motion graphic

Idea 4. All manmade, but using a projector or digital equipments to fulfill the project.

I have to find the best way, make sure it’s a right medium and affective!

012: Research Question/Experimental Idea; Envirotypography

I’ve been working on research question and jointing down my final ideas and concepts of this project. And I ended up having an idea to do an experimentation on typefaces, environment (areas/surfaces), interaction and emotive responses.

The research question/experimental idea:

How types force human mind to look at/read them and does environment around them force the eyes too? If that so, does imperfection environment or area affect on audiences emotive responses? Do these emotive responses relate to historical or society changes between types and human?

010 : Finalized Ideas

The things I would like to use in my project to interact with audiences are quite a few to choose from.

For example, things that I want to use as my medium of interaction are;

Typeface: using different typefaces to interact with audiences

Language: different styles of languages

Space: using space/installation to interact with audiences

Colours: colours use can be very useful in term of interaction

Grid system: this is also relates to space, But I also would like to explore more on free-flow text as well.

Sensory: I would love to try but still I haven’t got any idea of how to use it with my project.

Also I’ve been thinking of how the audiences can interact with my project. Like how they might use things or even their own body organs like;

Eyes: Experiment on how our eyes move through space from text to text = Transition of eyes.

Hands: How is the interaction between text and hand = Transition of hands, as in writing or moving around.

Verbal: How is the interaction between speaking, languages, and typography relate.

And.. the finalized idea is that I want to focus on how texts/typefaces control our minds, by forcing our eyes to look at them. I think it’s very interesting of how we automatically look/read at texts with out knowing. The research question is; Does typefaces reflect how people look at/read texts through transition of eyes and space? Does this relate to development in typography, in terms of history, environment, and changes in society?

009 : Looking at the relationship between typography and human life

I’ve been jointing down things that involve typography in every day’s life. And this is the list of main things we usually get caught eyeing at.

– Billboards

– Text Messeges

– Emails

– Posters

– Signs

– Letters/ Bills

– Postcards

– Covers

– Packages

– Newspapers

– Books

They are every where!