First we wrote out an alphabet in upper and lower case for each other, so that we could see each others hand writing, I also asked Adam to write out his name, as he joins up his writing.
Quiet person when not drinking
Easy to talk to
Mostly happy (when not hungry)
Horder(polythene bags, train tickets, pen nibs)
Likes collecting things
The rest of development(american show)
Back to the future
Custard-Lollipops-Chewing gum(to stop from biting nails)
2 brothers, 25, 27
Don't go on nights out a lot
Arial - Arial Rounded - Gill Sans
Sag and Walsh
After finding this information I started to research Adam's likes and dislikes, looking at his blog, even at his facebook, to find out more about him. I started looking at the different designers which he likes, and taking things from each and experimenting with different styles and ideas onto my typeface. Adam's favourite fonts are Gill Sans and Arial, so tried working with both of them, to see which looked best.
The first example is Arial, and as Adam joins his writing I thought I would show that through the typeface. The second is Gill Sans with structure, as he is very structured and organized so thought that this would work well. The third is Arial round, but I don't like this typeface, it looks quite childish, that's why I chose and illustration to go in it, and its footprints because he enjoys walking a lot. The forth one is geometric and made of lines, this was taken from a designer which he likes, therefore thought it would work quite well.
This was to experiment with a few different styles, and produced them on paper so that I could take them into my crit to get opinions and ideas on what I have been doing. The crit really helped me as although it didn't give me many ideas, it made me realize that I am focusing too much on making the typeface exactly like Adam, where I should be just using an element of his character and personality. It should also be from my first impressions of him, so this means that I can now go back to one of my initial ideas.
After my crit I started to do a bit more development, and then I had to decide on an idea to use. I started with doing an entire alphabet of different ideas in pen, then some in pencil.
|Examples in pen|
|Examples in pencil|
The 3rd Example I think works best as a letter form and also shows my first impressions of Adam really well. So using this I looked at putting block colour into, as I had the initial design but how would it work.
|Development using ABCD|
|Development using B's|
Out of these four I thought that the first one works the best, and is the most effective, it shows the letter form really clearly whilst also showing the structure and detail behind it, it doesn't hide and of the structure.
|All drawn out, measured and placed|
|Each individual letter drawn out separately|
|Testing pen lines|
I decided to go with the first one, to keep it consistent with my main type face, and the whole point was to see if it worked smaller and larger, so I kept it the same.
|Adam wearing my name badge|
|Two more simple versions of 'g'|
If I were to do it again I would do my 'g' more like this as it is simpler, and fits in better with the rest of my letter forms, but still resembles the letter 'g'.
|Large non filled 'a'|
|Large finished 'n'|
In this brief I think that I portrayed some of Adam's characteristics, and some of the things he likes. If I were to do this again, in hindsight I should have seen how the 'g' didn't really fit into the typeface I made, only as it was slightly too detailed, whereas the rest of my letter forms were very minimalistic. This is why I decided that after my crit I would draw up an improved letter 'g' to see if it would work, I also did larger letter, numbers and upper case letters.
Also if I were to do this brief again I would be more accurate with my drawing on the final sheet, as I made a few mistakes, and slightly went off on some of the letters. I also thought that I could have created a better 3D effect with the scafolding, this could have been taken further, although I would have needed slightly more time to do this.
Overall I think that this was a good brief and there are many things which I could have changed or slightly adapted in it, but as there is always a time limit on a brief, I had to reach an outcome, and I was happy with this.