A PIECE OF SOUND ADVICE + A SINGLE WARNING TO A DESIGN STUDENT
Have fun with the projects and your fellow students + Take the fun seriously
FAVOURITE FOOD THEN
YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION THEN
YEAR OF PROJECT
STUDENT PROJECT BRIEF
Describe your journey to college through typography
Camberwell College of Arts, London (United Kingdom)
Pen on paper, photocopier
No particular fonts – photocopied fonts, drawn fonts, handwriting, typewriter (no computer yet)…
WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?
The directness of it. I took the brief literally, with a twist: I let the journey describe itself through typography: the movements of the tube itself are drawing the lines of the letters; my hand is just holding the pen.
WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT IT?
Why is it just a big page full of sketches? Why didn’t I turn it into a font?
I remember enjoying the looseness of the lines, and the fact that I was not controlling the pen but the shakings of the tube was. It felt childish but good. Maybe it felt refreshing compared to other projects that were usually more idea-based.
My friend Ed Gill, also a student at Camberwell and a graffiti artist, really liked an ‘F’ of it. I enlarged it.
Sometimes the pressures of a deadline force you to be intuitively effective with minimum effort and time!
PROJECT SIMILARITIES THEN AND NOW
Obviously the handdrawn type, both small doodles blown up much bigger. But also: the stripped-bare looseness and lightness of both of them, the childish style.