My project deals with font design, especially
with modern initials. During my former works I often thought to use initials at
the beginning of a paragraph, but the classical initials are very typical for
the age as they were designed. Therefore these initials cannot be used in
modern publications. So I started a design line to redefine these decorated
letters. I transformed them into our modern world and the new fonts can be used
in “high-tech” publications as well as in other fields of graphic design.
The basic set of letters was designed by
vectors and these fonts were adapted to a stereoscopic system. Nails were
driven into painted wood plates according to the specialities of the given
letters. Afterwards I connected the nails with a thread sensitive to ultraviolet
The next step was to design a generative set of
fonts on the basis of these letters. The given letter can be visualized by
pressing the button of the given letter on the keyboard of a computer. The
given character will be drawn, yet by a net of lines getting closer and closer
and the ductus will be darker and darker. Therefore the user can easily choose
the correct initial, which is in perfect harmony with the fonts of the used
text. After drawing the basic contour, every letter will be drawn at random.
This means that every letter will be visualized by a new “route” every time.
Pressing the space button a pdf-screenshot can be saved from the actual phase,
which can be used with the traditional graphic programs in the further works.
(Deleting happens with the backspace button. The application can be operated by
the Processing program.)