Transcending Type

Typographical interaction design
Spring 2019
Task:

To research the Baskerville typeface and interpret it in a new format. Highlight the unique history and formal characteristics of the letterforms. "Be conceptual, surprise and challenge us all."

Response:

An interactive installation and potential new methodology for typeface design. Inspired by John Baskerville's love of letterforms juxtaposed with his appreciation for emerging technology. People can work together to physically manipulate a typeface using similar movements as a digital pen tool.

My contributions:

Initial sketches, early prototype, and helped construct the final interactive board with adjustable pegs and painted lettering.

Team:

_ Katie Cowin

Context:

_ 4 weeks
_ Team Project
_ Typography Class

SELF AND WORLD ANALYSIS

RESEARCH

I began by examining my own life-world. I considered my personal journey as a designer and a maker. A common aspect I found was collaboration.

I chose to explore collaboration with nonhumans because I have a passion for those that go unnoticed. With emerging technologies changing the way we navigate the world, it is increasingly important to consider those who may get excluded and forgotten.

PROBLEMATIC

We began by researching John Baskerville’s life and career. We contemplated how Baskerville's style and technique could transcend through time, from the 1700s to today. Baskerville was a hands-on inventor, but he also had a passion for technology and was continuously improving his printing process.

"Having been an early admirer of the beauty of letters, I became insensibly desirous of contributing to the perfection of them."
- John Baskerville

Nonhuman beings may not be readily noticeable, but their contributions to each other and our world are vast. They may be unseen, unheard, or unmoving to the human eye, but they are creating and sustaining symbiotic relationships within a plurality of species. And yet, we don’t often acknowledge these nonhumans when we think about collaborative problem solving, design and resilience within the world.

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Nonhuman beings may not be readily noticeable, but their contributions to each other and our world are vast. They may be unseen, unheard, or unmoving to the human eye, but they are creating and sustaining symbiotic relationships within a plurality of species. And yet, we don’t often acknowledge these nonhumans when we think about collaborative problem solving, design and resilience within the world.

IDEATION

Inspired by Baskerville's hands-on approach, we imagined a scenario where type designers today could physically manipulate his typeface.

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SELF AND WORLD ANALYSIS

FINAL DESIGN

To achieve a similar effect of the constraints of time and technology, the interaction limits the designer to specific peg holes; opening up others as ‘time progresses’.

The spirit of our installation encourages co-creation and playful exploration. Expressing future possibilities through open peg holes reminds people that human innovation is ongoing and that we can all contribute in shaping our present and future.

PROBLEMATIC

Nonhuman beings may not be readily noticeable, but their contributions to each other and our world are vast. They may be unseen, unheard, or unmoving to the human eye, but they are creating and sustaining symbiotic relationships within a plurality of species. And yet, we don’t often acknowledge these nonhumans when we think about collaborative problem solving, design and resilience within the world.

SELF AND WORLD ANALYSIS

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Overall, this project emphasizes the rich history of design and technology. When designing for preferable futures it is important to consider not just our current state, but also the built up layers of experiences and knowledge within our past.

This project also showcases how an individual practice can be reframed and transformed into a collaborative practice.

PROBLEMATIC

Nonhuman beings may not be readily noticeable, but their contributions to each other and our world are vast. They may be unseen, unheard, or unmoving to the human eye, but they are creating and sustaining symbiotic relationships within a plurality of species. And yet, we don’t often acknowledge these nonhumans when we think about collaborative problem solving, design and resilience within the world.

Transcending Type

Typographical Interaction Design
Spring 2019
Task:
To research the Baskerville typeface and interpret it in a new format. Highlight the unique history and formal characteristics of the letterforms. "Be conceptual, surprise and challenge us all."
Response:
An interactive installation and potential new methodology for typeface design. Inspired by John Baskerville's love of letterforms juxtaposed with his appreciation for emerging technology. People can work together to physically manipulate a typeface using similar movements as a digital pen tool.
My Contributions:
Initial sketches, early prototype, and helped construct the final interactive board with adjustable pegs and painted lettering.
Team:
_ Katie Cowin
Context:
_ 4 weeks
_ Team Project
_ Typography Class
RESEARCH
We began by researching John Baskerville’s life and career. We contemplated how Baskerville's style and technique could transcend through time, from the 1700s to today. Baskerville was a hands-on inventor, but he also had a passion for technology and was continuously improving his printing process.
"Having been an early admirer of the beauty of letters, I became insensibly desirous of contributing to the perfection of them."
- John Baskerville
IDEATION
Inspired by Baskerville's hands-on approach, we imagined a scenario where type designers today could physically manipulate his typeface.
FINAL DESIGN
To achieve a similar effect of the constraints of time and technology, the interaction limits the designer to specific peg holes; opening up others as ‘time progresses’.

The spirit of our installation encourages co-creation and playful exploration. Expressing future possibilities through open peg holes reminds people that human innovation is ongoing and that we can all contribute in shaping our present and future.
KEY TAKEAWAYS
Overall, this project emphasizes the rich history of design and technology. When designing for preferable futures it is important to consider not just our current state, but also the built up layers of experiences and knowledge within our past.

This project also showcases how an individual practice can be reframed and transformed into a collaborative practice.
Transcending Type
INTERACTION DESIGN
spring 2019
Task
Research the Baskerville typeface and interpret it in a new format. Highlight the unique history and formal characteristics of the letterforms. "Be conceptual, surprise and challenge us all."
Response
An interactive installation and potential new methodology for typeface design. Inspired by John Baskerville's love of letterforms juxtaposed with his appreciation for emerging technology. People can work together to physically manipulate a typeface using similar movements as a digital pen tool.
Team
_ Katie Cowin
My Contributions
Initial sketches, early prototype, and helped construct the final interactive board with adjustable pegs and painted lettering.
Context
_ 4 weeks
_ Team Project
_ Typography Class
Research
We began by researching John Baskerville’s life and career. We contemplated how Baskerville's style and technique could transcend through time, from the 1700s to today. Baskerville was a hands-on inventor, but he also had a passion for technology and was continuously improving his printing process.
Ideation
Inspired by Baskerville's hands-on approach, we imagined a scenario where type designers today could physically manipulate his typeface.
Process
FINAL DESIGN
To achieve a similar effect of the constraints of time and technology, the interaction limits the designer to specific peg holes; opening up others as ‘time progresses’.

The spirit of our installation encourages co-creation and playful exploration. Expressing future possibilities through open peg holes reminds people that human innovation is ongoing and that we can all contribute in shaping our present and future.
KEY TAKEAWAYS

Overall, this project emphasizes the rich history of design and technology. When designing for preferable futures it is important to consider not just our current state, but also the built up layers of experiences and knowledge within our past.

This project also showcases how an individual practice can be reframed and transformed into a collaborative practice.