For this project, we were asked to define the binary opposites and choose 5 sets from each language Arabic and English, print them in 10 different typefaces to understand the different kerning and tracking of the letterforms.
Bitter: sharp taste or smell/feeling hurt or angry because of a bad experience.
Saccharine: overly sweet/overly polite
Euphoric: a feeling of happiness and excitement.
Miserable: feeling uncomfortable and unhappy.
Stultify: to make or appear something or someone to be stupid or foolish.
Galvanize: urge someone to take action.
Dismal: causing a dark and depressing mood.
Cheerful: causing a happy and positive atmosphere.
Ornate: over-elaborated or busy.
Austere: plain or simple.
Chaotic: a place or a condition that is disorganized.
Tidy: a place or a condition that is organized and in order.
Precise: used to mark the accuracy of detail.
Inaccurate: a false or inexact statement or detail.
Hilarious: very funny and amusing.
Serious: poker-faced and uncheerful character.
Adorable: charming, cute and appealing.
Repulsive: disgusting and displeasing.
Fleeting: lasting for a short time, in a hurry.
Leisurely: acting effortless, relaxed and unhurried.
حلاوة: نوع من الحلوى
حيوية: نشاط وعافية
شقاء: بؤس، عناء
إقدام: التقدم والقيام به
تعاسة: سوء حظ وحال
مزخرف: مزين بألوان شتى
خاوي: لا يملك شيئا
ترتيب: تنظيم، تنسيق
دقة:في غاية الترتيب والتركيز
تهاون: الإهمال، التقصير
جدية: رصانة تدل على الحالة النفسية ور البدنية للإنسان
مزاح: إتيان بكلام من شأنه أن يضحك ويسلي
جميل: الذي يتصف بالحسن.
قبيح: كريه المنظر، سيئ الشكل
زائل: سريع الزوال وغير ثابت
متأن: متمهل متئد ومترو غي عمله
I used InDesign to try and display the words in different typefaces and experiment with the kerning and tracking of each typeface.
For the next class, we were asked to print all the words in A3 size and lay them down in the atrium vertically. Leg day came early that week.
We were able to see the mistakes much clearly when the words were displayed on the floor, as we were walking over them. The kerning and the tracking were much more visible and I was also able to identify how each typeface has different kernings.
For the next class, we were asked to experiment with materials. I started to experiment first with letters. I found it difficult to find materials that will come in large amounts so I will be able to create 26 letters out of.
I used plastic, Whiteboard sticker, metal studs, popcorn, candy wraps, stuffed animal stuffings, receipt, colored sand, copper wire, and silver foil. I felt popcorn was my strongest material so I decided to experiment more with it.
I did some research on creating type out of popcorn. I tried to search for background, font, and transition ideas. I was really interested in the movie theater theme, where tickets and scattered popcorn are shown (just how popcorn is scattered all over the movie theater seats and floors.)
Over the weekend, I visited the cinema to grab some different flavored popcorn so I can play with the transition of the alphabet. I grabbed salted, caramel and cheese flavored popcorn.
I decided to use the word Ornate, which means over-elaborated or busy. I thought the word will look very interesting with popcorn. I started first with the corn seeds, transitioning to salted popcorn, caramel and then cheese (which turned out to be very messy to work with.)
The final result turned out to be like this. I liked this gradient however, I decided to try another popcorn arrangement.
This time I worked with Arabic, word meaning the opposite of Ornate, which is empty. In this arrangement, I tried to place corn seeds more with some popped popcorn. However, I did not feel like this arrangement was strong enough as the gradient arrangement because it felt repetitive.
I tried using Mod Podge glue on the letter “a”, thinking it will be much neater than a glue gun, but it turned out to be much messier and started to leak as seen above. Law suggested I could grind up the popcorn as a first layer of the letter, to avoid blank spaces and add another layer of popped popcorn up top.
I made some research regarding how to blend the popcorn and how to stick it on paper, with which glue and such things. I must say, it is amazing the things you find on YouTube. I found a guy who did a video on his channel, testing popcorn with his blender, calling it “will it blend? – popcorn.” I thought the texture of the blended popcorn he did was really fine and needed more texture, which I will try to achieve.