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Today in the workshop with Nick, it seemed to be different than any of the others as the tables were turned on their sides and all our materials were on the floor. Our task today was to be really free and create some abstract typography. We had two sizes of paper to work with, a craft knife, boards to sit beneath the paper while we used the craft knife and black paint only.

We had three different types of typography attached to each desk that was stood up: Cooper, Din and Baskerville Bold. I have worked with Din a few times as this is one of my favourite typefaces but not spent much time with the other two.

Our task was to draw different parts of the typography without drawing the full letter to keep this abstract and fun. We also were given the instruction to not make this look like anything to allow it to become freer.

Abstract Typography 1 – Cooper

This was my first piece of work that I created and I felt that I started off with not the best start. I was not in love with this piece and the shapes were not something I was happy with. I decided to analyse why I did not like this and then approach this differently for my second piece. I didn’t like this piece as I felt when It came to cutting this out it started to have some sharp rough edges that I did not like. But this was my first attempt and I decided to spend a bit more time around the corners for my next pieces.

Abstract Typography 2 – Din

This was my second abstract typography. This was using Din which I have worked with in some of my recent projects. I really like this one as I was able to work closely with the curves and avoiding rough edges. However it seems very repetitive as a lot of the letters was similar in terms of curves therefore I didn’t feel like this looked visually pleasing the more I look at it, it looks quite boring now looking back.

Abstract Typography 3 – Baskerville Bold

This is the final typography I worked on and this is actually my favourite. I started spending a bit more time with drawing the shapes so it allowed me to have something more challenging to work with, I then decided to use the leftover paint to add more letters when the paint has slightly run out. I think this works really well, I was not trying to achieve this on purpose, I just used what I did not like on the other two to try something new.

What surprised me

I really enjoyed this workshop, this is one of my favourite workshops that I have done this year. I loved how free it was, I also loved how it was abstract and because I am not the strongest drawer it allowed me to work further with simplistic shapes rather than complex. I really enjoyed feeling more confident in this workshop and would love to spend an afternoon doing some more of this stuff in the future.

What I found hard

I actually really surprised myself and it made me think about what James taught us in theory how anything can be art and their is no right from wrong in design. I think it was a really inspiring thing to say which has become relevant in my approach to my process and production workshops.