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Metropolis: A Typographic Morphology Study

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  • Metropolis
    A Typographic Morphology Study
  • This was a book I created in an upper level typography class in the Graphic Design department at UW-Milwaukee. The book chronicles the exploration of typographic skills that were learned over the course of the class.

    The copy used is Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. The theme of the book is the growth and expansion of a metropolitan city.

    Text from the foreword:
    A city can be many things: a destination, a home, a crime scene, a way of life, an obstacle, a journy, point a or point b, an opportunity, a vision. People can also view cities differently. What one individual may see as a treasure chest of exploration and experience, another can view as the path never to be taken.
    The term metropolis comes from a Greek word meaning “mother city.” This phrase refers to the basic origin of an area, from which the potential of a cultural center was born. Much like a ripple in a pond, this original point quickly spreads and envelopes the surrounding areas, taking them in, changing them, and moving
    on. A metropolis is in a constant state of change, never the same as the day before, constantly learning from past mistakes, always expanding what it has taken in the day before.

    This book is both a cronicle of cultural growth and metropolitan expantion and a journy through typographic experimentation. Much like a visitor in a metropolis, a typographer is constantly changing, learning new techniques, finding new short-cuts, and exploring the unknown. This book is a progress, an experiment, a journy, and most definitly an exploration of the unknown.
    Below are a few quick images I took of the physical book I produced before it was turned in for grading and documentation over the summer.
  • Front cover view of the book.
  • Title page.
  • Table of Contents, printed on vellum with design showing through from back pages.
  • Chapter divider, keeping with the theme of expansion and growth Chapter One begins with the city plan of a small town, and progresses though Chapter Eight where the city has expanded and broken past its limits.
  • Process dividers: the book serves as documentation of a learning experience. Each chapter begins with the final spreads of a chapter from Invisible Cities highlighting a specific typographic style. Following these spreads is the progression I took to get to the creation of the final spreads. These vellum Process Dividers serve as a separation between final outcome and process.
  • Closing spread, last pages of the book.