Walls that Talk


Emma Shavick, 2011


digital print


Graphic design repeats in miniature what architecture does monumentally. — Virginia Smith "Forms in Modernism: A Visual Set", 2006.

Throughout this semester, students used their research and observations of one Los Angeles architectural landmark to inspire and inform a series of typographic explorations. For this experiment, we prompted students to create a visual map of a conversation, interview or argument about their landmark and design it in a way that represents the content and/or the actual form (blueprints, structure, location) of the physical site.

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Walls that Talk (detail)


Emma Shavick, 2011


digital print


Poster


Emma Shavick, 2011


2-color screenprint


18" x 24"


Students reviewed the results of their typographic experiments, then developed their own final project for the class.

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Intervention: Counterfeit


Tom Ahn, 2010


In Spring 2010, students were working with the subject matter and themes of an article they chose from The New York Times Magazine "A Year in Ideas". For this exercise, students organized and realized a temporary work at a location in the public space around Otis (so the class could "visit" each work). The outcome could be an object, a structure, a performance or an activity that was typographic and must be related to the chosen location and subject matter (Idea). Students were asked to articulate their motive for interfering or intervening with the chosen location.

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Intervention: Scrabble


Erica Bell + Paula Little + Alia Al-Harithi


For this exercise, students organized and realized a temporary work at a location in the public space around Otis (so the class could "visit" each work). The outcome could be an object, a structure, a performance or an activity that was typographic and must be related to the chosen location and subject matter (Idea).

Archetype: Rope


Christopher Jaurique, 2010


Rope and Scanner


How can you use—or be inspired by the form and meaning associated with—an every day object to make letterforms?

Jaurique used the frayed end of a rope pressed onto the bed of his scanner to quickly form an alphabet.

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Archetype: Rope (detail)


Christopher Jaurique, 2010


Archetype: Wall Socket


Gianna Quinci, 2010


How can you use—or be inspired by the form and meaning associated with—an every day object to make letterforms?

Quinci reduced the forms she saw in a wall socket to a minimalist kit of parts from which she built an ambiguous set of letterforms.

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Archetype: Wall Socket (observation)


Gianna Quinci, 2010


Archetype: Zipper


Tom Ahn, 2010


How can you use—or be inspired by the form and meaning associated with—an every day object to make letterforms?

Rather than photograph his explorations of making type from a zipper, Ahn chose to hand draw the forms.

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Archetype: Zipper (detail)


Tom Ahn, 2010


5-letter word: Wuffy


Stephanie Treinen, 2009


Make a new word; expand the lexicon. New ways of thinking demand new forms of expression. Use the form of the word to reflect its secret meaning, enabling your classmates to adopt the word for usage in relation to your Idea. (Adapted from an assignment given at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the Netherlands)

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Readymade Alphabet: Tree


Christopher Jaurique, 2010


On the first day of class, each student captured a system of letterforms in photographs following strict guidelines; no digital manipulation or collage tactics allowed.

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Exhibition, 2010


Students installing the Collaborative Poster show at Dead Letter Bureau.

Exhibition, 2010


Exhibition, 2010


Exhibition, 2010


We celebrated a successful opening by lighting sparklers outside the gallery.