As I navigate the world around me I realize that knowledge on seemingly simple subject matter can generate complex trains of thoughts. For this year's 36 Days of Type, I utilized a technique beloved by artists and designers alike, contemplate a singular subject and explore its capabilities; I decided on a line.
When I began posting these letters to my Instagram, I took the opportunity to not only seek out new information I could muster from my own thoughts but I also researched theories in math, usage in art history. I explored how language utilizes line to define a single complexity in life. Rereading the former sentence, the lines typed out form the strings that generate my goal to communicate why I took on this endeavor.
In order to maintain consistency throughout my work I allowed a certain freedom in the way I vectorized my letters and numbers and allowed for random attributes to take hold when animating the explosions but I maintained certain attributes the same that carried over from letter to letter.
"In geometry, the notion of line or straight line was introduced by ancient mathematicians to represent straight objects with negligible width and depth." - Wikipedia
I found it interesting that as soon as I began researching different ways to look at a line, I thought, "You're doing it wrong". By all accounts, in math, letters aren't lines, let alone 3 dimensional shapes. Letters have curves and when you extrude them, they have width, thickness, and then you add texture and those textures are made up of something.
That's when I found that I can look into language and art as a form of research to learn more about how we define words and categorize these meanings depending on the environment that we place them. Below is one of my Instagram posts for the letter R.
"Discussing line in art is roughly equivalent to discussing aroma in wine, or flavor in food. It is one part of a larger aesthetic experience."
“Abstraction and the Use of Different Types of Line in Art.” IDEELART,
Define intention and you’re bombarded with an abundance of opposing and welcomed thoughts, reflecting and composing your own views on lines are a worthwhile endeavor; Kurt Vonnegut studied the wavelengths in writing and Kandinsky explored the effects music has on a person and translated it into visual representation. “ART!!”
Finally, I took what I learned from translating my vector letters to 3D and brought it back to the 2D plane of existence. “I Don’t Think [insert comma] You Know [insert ?]" allowed me to bring in the body copy portion of my Instagram post to be just as much a part of the visual imagery, otherwise you might misinterpret what I meant and that's the conclusion I came up with. Lines are another facet of communication that transcend the physical and mental realms until we're placed face to face and forced to create a narrative of our own.
Thanks! Peruse on!
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