Type I

reflection on type

  • i think the most important lesson we had learned was the very first one with the letters. learning to look at them as shapes was easy but that wasn’t what it was all about. i also learned to look at the empty spaces and the abstract parts that make a shape whole. that was what helped me evolve the most. even in the next projects and other subjects


  • the sentence part was a bit confusing but thats where i got the most grasp on what i shouldn’t  do with a sentence. i started my experiments with how can i make the sentence be in the most unusual place but still be able to be read properly. of course i failed miserably but thanks to the tips the professors provided i just went further with the failed ones and fixed what could be fixed and changed what could be changed.


  • unfortunately i haven’t had an epiphany about type where i magically see what type wants from me. i just make as many informed decisions as i can and hope for the best. i can’t even trust the ‘feels right’ feeling anymore.


  • to me, a paragraph is a paragraph. i didn’t want to break away too much from that, so i just let myself focus on typing a paragraph correctly instead of attempting anything too crazy. i feel like all the “tricks” i learned to do with the sentences should stay with sentences only.


  • because i read a few books on my phone i tried to mimic the paragraph setup of those on my phone. i then realized that the program i use basically justifies the entire book to align to the left. with no space between paragraphs except a small indent at the beginning. which i realize now is horrible.


  • honestly, i felt that this class held a lot of useful information. stuff that i will most definitely be depending upon in the future. however i was one of the people who found it very tedious. but i do acknowledge that it is necessary.


i had an almost difficult time making a sentence using the words below, i was looking forward to something more interesting than obnoxious doors and scorched recipes. however, the most challenging part for me was not making the sentenced but the actual compositions. i set myself a goal to mostly try to break up the way to “traditionally” read a sentenced. while keeping the design creative.



everywhere: كل مكان

always: دائماً

backdoor: الباب الخلفي

recipe: وصفة

grapple: تعارك، تصارع، امسك

scorch: شوط، لذع، حرق

obnoxious: ، بغيض،مغث، يلوع الجبد

ill-tempered: سيئ الزاج

the ill tempered backdoor always obnoxiously grapples the scorched recipe everywhere.

an obnoxious recipe always scorched the ill tempered grappling backdoor everywhere.

everywhere the obnoxious grappling backdoor always scorches the ill tempered recipe.

surprisingly, the ill tempered recipe always grapples the obnoxious scorched backdoor everywhere!

according to the ill tempered backdoor, the scorched recipe always obnoxiously grappled everything, everywhere!

وفقاً للباب الخلفي ذو المزاج السئ دائماً، الوصفة المحروقة تتعارك ببغض مع كل شيء، في كل مكان!

I’m going to try and go forward with the idea of crocheting my word. i was thinking about the context and seeing how the word i picked is” fleeting” i was thinking of either using the surface of an old couch or as scratched up wooden surface. maybe do what was suggested and use another crochet unraveling baby blanket.

it has been interesting to see how much of the letterform i can remove or change without it losing its identification.

i believe that the thing i struggle the most with is actually giving up on some of the designs. i have come to believe that each and everyone of the ones i made could be somehow fixed and that all i needed was time. which i unfortunately don’t have.


IMG_6249some of the things to keep in mind before starting to fix my designs.

  • the scaling of both letters. relative to the negative space and each other
  • the position of the letters in relative to each other and to the negative space.
  • the divide of 50/50 between black and white and letter to letter
  • its okay to mess up. just find a way to fix it.
  • its not about something working. its about everything working.
  • letter clarity is mandatory.
  • aesthetics matter.