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I see language as an intricate pattern. One way to communicate language is using Morse code, which takes the letters of the alphabet and translates them into dots (dits) and dashes (dahs). I used these marks to create my own letters, which I used to compare the Morse code and what it symbolizes, the English alphabet. I chose to compare the two using pattern, to give people a different way of seeing the similarities and differences. The right side patterns are dedicated to the alphabet I made, where as the left side is the Morse code combination for the letter. This book was made so the reader could flip through it either way, demonstrating how we communicate in a back and forth manner. Morse code has to follow it’s set of rules closely or it will be misread. Therefore I set certain rules for my book and alphabet, such as a color palette, spacing between the dots and dashes, and staying within a strict grid for the patterns. Each dit, dah and its spacing was meticulously placed when making the patterns. I also felt it was important to keep the Morse code patterns the same scale, symbolizing the monotony of the form, and the alphabet side changes in scale to emphasize the fluctuation capable of the English alphabet. Lastly, Alphabet was a study of using the letters themselves in making pieces of art.

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• A short mark is known as a dot or ‘dit’ (·). • Whereas a longer mark is referred to as a dash or ‘dah’ (-). • The intra-character gap is the space between the dots and dashes within a character and is equal to one dot.

• That short gap between letters in a word, is worth three dots. • What is called a medium gap, between words in a sentence, is worth five dots.

• Lastly, a long gap, meaning the one between sentences, is about seven dots.


Translation of Morse Code (previous spread) (Left) “Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.”

Alfred North Whitehead

Credits Design . Illustration . Text Ashley Culver Typeface Interstate (Regular and Bold) Printing Special thanks to My father, Bob, for all his encouragement and understanding of me, my whole life. He always believes in me, no matter what my ambition is, and he taught me the most valuable lesson I have ever had to learn when it comes to school; make a list, finish it one step at a time and just get it done, don’t over think it. My mothers, Mary, Jan, and Debra for being the empowered, independent women in my life, inspiring me to shoot for the stars. My brother, Chris, for showing me not to be afraid of change and always advising me not to dwell on what I cannot control. Ginger for loving my idea from the very beginning and informing me if strayed too far from it. Kristen Spillman, for all her patience and her helpful suggestions for my alphabet book. © 2007 Ashley Culver. All Rights Reserved.

(Right) “the end”

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