Letterform: The design of individual letters and their parts, including the relationships among strokes, counters, and serifs.
This is a series of meditations on letterform and space. Each begins with a surface from the build environment and re-interprets it with the addition of letters and words. The surfaces chosen are commonplace and incorporate repetitive patterns. Letterforms are typically expressed in flat, smooth conditions and composed of patterned strokes and counter-spaces. Here, letterform is blended with the repetitive patterns of the built environment; introducing written language in a non-normative manner and location. A point of interest for these studies was this mixing of patterns, both two and three dimensional, from different design traditions (building design, landscape design, and graphic design). Like their substrates, letter/word forms are understated and dissolve into different states of legibility. Here I’m exploring legibility through the three-dimensional logic of a surface rather than a flattened glyph. By creating letterform relative to patterns in the built environment, these studies contemplate the contribution of three dimensional patterns to letter and word recognition. They ask of the nature of this contribution and question the presumption that patterns expressed in two dimensions are more suitable to questions of legibility.