Thursday, February 19, 2009

No. 2 — Minneapolis Postcards

Day 1 — Develop a list of meaningful places and/or activities in Minneapolis.

Day 2 — Make a set of 5 different postcards.

Submit documentation by 12:00 am on Monday, 2/23/09.

No. 1 — Process & Final Design

↑ This is the final design.

↑ These are elements of the process.

First, I tried sketching out fancy letters (fig. a). That proved to be much harder than I thought. All my letters were looking really cartoony, and the composition was not unified. So I dug through my pile of photocopied typefaces and found one (fig. b) that seemed to possess the archaic qualities of the language. After making a typographic composition that worked, I thought: why not combine it with some images (fig. c & d)? Both were ambiguous enough to be this blowsy doxy character. One seemed to relate more to the type, and so i was done. (Thunderous applause…)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

No. 1 — Progress

Last night was a visit to the Walker public library. I picked out 4 random paperbacks from the romance section and started flipping through the pages. I recorded whatever caught my eye, which, for the most part, wasn't very exciting. There were a few gems, though, that made me laugh out loud (to the dismay of the old man who had taken a seat across from me). Here are the highlights:

"God's bowels! Where are you?"
A blowsy doxy flitted about in dishabille.
Her eyes brightened with the thrill of conspiracy. "Can I puke?"
There was no bed. "Where the devil is the bed?"

Some better than others, of course, but on the whole I'm pretty happy with these out of context. I needed a little help from the dictionary on the second one with all the archaic terms. Blowsy refers to various unbecoming aspects of a woman, namely untidiness and a red face. Doxy is another name for a prostitute. And finally (my fave), dishabille is the state of being scantily clad. Who knew I would be getting a vocabulary lesson out of this?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

No. 1 — Romance Novel Poster(s)

Day 1—research/concept. Go to the library. Find romance novels. Record a list of memorable quotations.

Day 2—design/production. Using appropriate typography, make a poster or several that communicate romantic sentiments.

Submit documentation by 12:00 am on 2/19/08.

An Introduction…

Welcome to the center for thing-making. The objective: Produce, produce, produce! Fight boredom and self-loathing by entertaining yourself (and hopefully others, too). Pulling from a list of pre-recorded ideas (not posted yet), produce a final object in 2 days. Comps are acceptable, but frowned upon. This is a blog of D-O-I-N-G-S!