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{ TABLE OF CONTENTS }


INTRODUCTION

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PROJECT 1 : CALISTHENICS

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PROJECT 2 : CONSTRUCT / DECONSTRUCT

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PROJECT 3 : PATTERNS

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PROJECT 4 : NATURES OBJECTS

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PROJECT 5 : COFFEE BAGS ( HIGH GROUNDS速 )

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PROJECT 6 : SKETCHBOOK

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SUGGESTED READING AND RESOURCES

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INDEX

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{ INTRODUCTION }

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NATURE’S ALPHABET


NATURE’S ALPHABET


CALISTHENICS

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01. Andrea Rossi / digital. 02. Andrea Rossi / digital. 03. R. Paige Vickers / bread and digital. {03}

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CALISTHENICS

04. Ashley Jackimowicz / mixed media. 05. Paige Vickers / ink and digital.

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CALISTHENICS

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01. Fluckily. Angela Ahn / bread and digital. 02. Z. Ashley Jackimowicz / mixed media. 03. R. Maria Rigden / mixed media. 04. TCP. Steven Johnson / mixed media.

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05. Lara Kaminoff / pencil and digital. 06. Coleen Wilson / mixed media. 07. A Track. Bryant Molloy / digital. 10

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CALISTHENICS

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CALISTHENICS

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01. Dear. Angela Ahn / bread and digital. 02. Kimberly Gim / pencil and digital. 03. Kimberly Gim / pencil and digital.

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CALISTHENICS

04. Andrea Rossi / digital media. 05. Tania Talbot / digital media.

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CALISTHENICS

01. Sbread Out! Emma Maatman / bread, pen and digital. 02. Lara Kaminoff / pencil and digital.

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CALISTHENICS

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03. Tania Talbot / digital media. 04. B. Bryant Molly / digital media. 05. Steven Johnson / mixed media.

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Calisthenics


CONSTRUCT / DECONSTRUCT

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01. Letter z. Bryant Molloy / ink. 02. Deconstructed G. Hannah Erhardt / ink and colored pencil. 03. Bee. Angela Ahn / ink & collage.

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CONSTRUCT / DECONSTRUCT

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04. G. Steven Johnson / digital. 05. Construct/Deconstruct G. Maria Rigden / ink. 06. Deconstructed Bird. Tania Talbot / mixed media.

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CONSTRUCT / DECONSTRUCT

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01. Popped Fritu. Emma Maatman / ink and digital. 02. Letter Z. Yao Li / ink. 03. Letter M. Josh Jack / ink. 04. Letter h. Andrea Rossi / ink and digital media. 05. Explosion. Ashley Jackimowicz / ink and watercolor.

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CONSTRUCT / DECONSTRUCT

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CALISTHENICS. / DECONSTRUCT

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01. Letter I. Molly Ezzell / ink. 02. Cyrillic K. Paige Vickers / ink and digital. 03. Letter G. Colleen Wilson / ink. 04. Letter R. Kimberly Gim / ink and paper.

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CONSTRUCT / DECONSTRUCT

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TEST PATTER AND WALLPAPER


TEST PATTERN AND WALLPAPER

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01.. Andrea Rossi / digital media. 02. Emma Maatman / paint marker and digital. 03. Ashley Jackimowicz / digital. 04. Tania Talbot / digital media. 05. Steven Johnson / digital. 06. Maria Rigden / digital. 07. Emma Maatman / pen and digital. 27


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TEST PATTERN AND WALLPAPER

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01. Molly Ezzell / ink and digital. 02. Butterfly. Angela Ahn / digital. 03. Hannah Erhardt / digital. 04. Paige Vickers / ink and digital. 05. Hannah Erhardt / digital.

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TEST PATTERN AND WALLPAPER

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01. Molly Ezzell / ink and digital. 02. Andrea Rossi / digital media. 03. Emma Maatman / pen and digital. 04. Paige Vickers / ink and digital coloring. 05. Tania Talbot / digital media. 06. KoBjorn. Colleen Wilson / digital media.

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TEST PATTERN AND WALLPAPER

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TEST PATTERN AND WALLPAPERT


TEST PATTERN AND WALLPAPER

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01. Hannah Erhardt / ink and digital. 02. Hello. Ashley Jackimowicz / digital. 03. Steven Johnson / mixed media. 04. Blocs. Yao Li. / digital. 05. Onionbulb. Josh Jack / ink and digital. 06. Triangles. Kimberly Gim / paper and digital coloring. {04}

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TEST PATTER AND WALLPAPER

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01. Andrea Rossi / pen and digial media. 02. Maria Rigden / digital. 03. Bryant Molloy / digital. 04. Tania Talbot / digital media. 05. Paige Vickers / graphite and digital coloring. 34


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NATURE’S ALPHABET

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01. The Good Egg. Emma Maatman / goache and digital. 02. Sweet Tooth. Maria Rigden / sugar and digital. 03. Piece Of Meat. Yao Li / digital. 04. Naturalphabet. Hannah Erhardt / plants. 05. Little Garden. Paige Vickers / graphite and digital color.

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NATURE’S ALPHABET

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01. Lara Kaminoff / colored pencil. 02. Mushroom Letters. Angela Ahn / digital. 03. Steven Johnson / bananas and digital. 04. Reptiles. Bryant Molloy / ink and digital.

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03. Banfont. Steven Johnson / mixed media. 05. Ferretalphabet. Ashley Jackimo wicz / mixed media.

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01. CrossPoll. Colleen Wilson / mixed media. 02. Ferrets. Ashley Jackimowicz / mixed media. 03. Teeth. Andrea Rossi / digital media. 04. Honey. Tania Talbot / digital media. 05. Acorns. Colleen Wilson / watercolor 06. Woodland. Colleen Wilson / digital media

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COFFEE LABEL

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01. Josh Jack / ink and digital. 02. Krissy Diggs / mixed media. 03. Josh Jack / ink and digital. 04. Molly Ezzell / mixed media. {04}

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COFFEE LABEL

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01. Maria Rigden / watercolor and digital. 02. Yao Li / ink and digital. 03. Tania Talbot / digital media.


COFFEE LABEL

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04. Bryant Molloy / ink and digital. 05. Angela Ahn / digital. 06. Steven Johnson / mixed media.

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COFFEE LABEL

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01. Ashley Jackimowicz / mixed media. 02. Paige Vickers / mixed media. 03. Lara Kaminoff / mixed media.

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COFFEE LABEL

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01. Hannah Erhardt / ink and digital. 02. Emma Maatman / ink and digital. 03. Kimberly Gim / watercolor and digital.

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SKETCHBOOK ALPHABETS

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Hannah Erhardt / ink.


SKETCHBOOK ALPHABETS

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HAIR! Paige Vickers / ink and digital color. 55


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01. Building Block Letters. Kimberly Gim / paper. 02. Paige Vickers / ink. 03. Josh Jack / matchsticks. 04. Josh Jack / York Peppermint Patties.

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01. Kimerly Gim / ink. 02. Maria Rigden / linocut. 03. Josh Jack / thumbprint. 04. Hannah Erhardt / ink.

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01. Hannah Erhardt / ink. 02. Andrea Rossi / pen. 03. Hannah Erhardt / ink. 04. Josh Jack / ink.


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{01} Lara Kaminoff / pen and watercolor.

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{02} Josh Jack / watercolor.

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01. Simple Squares. Emma Maatman / ink. 02. Blocs. Yao Li / ink. 03. Crust Punk Letters. Emma Maatman / ink.

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SKETCHBOOK ALPHABETS

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01. Tania Talbot / marker and ink. 02. Paige Vickers / ink and digital color. 03. Tania Talbot / ink.

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SKETCHBOOK ALPHABETS

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01. Ashley Jackimowicz / ink. 02. Steven Johnson / digital. 03. Monster Alphabet. Maria Rigden / ink.

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01. Ink Blobs. Emma Maatman / ink. 02. Tania Talbot / pen and gouache. 03. Guns. Ashley Jackimowicz / graphite. 04. Andrea Rossi / marker.

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{ CONTRIBUTERS }

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Maria Ridgen Sophomore www.mariaridgen.blogspot.com mridgen@mica.edu

Angela Ahn Sophomore jeongminahn.blogspot.com angieepants@yahoo.com

Molly Ezzell Sophomore mezzell@mica.edu

Ashley Jackimowicz Sophomore ashleyjackimowicz.blogspot.com ashleyjack16@gmail.com

Nick Iluzada Junior www.nickdraws.com nickdraws@gmail.com

Bryant Molloy Sophomore bmolloy@mica.edu

Paige Vickers Sophomore pgvkrs.blogspot.com paigevickers@gmail.com

Colleen Wilson Sophomore windrunner202@yahoo.com

Steven Johnson Junior Johnsonfamous@gmail.com

Emma Maatman Junior www.emmamaatman.com egmaatman@gmail.com

Tania Talbot Sophomore www.flickr.com/taniatalbot ttalbot@mica.edu

Hannah Erhardt Sophomore hannaherhardt.daportfolio.com hmerhardt@gmail.com

Whitney Sherman Faculty & Chair of Illustration www.whitneysherman.com ws@whitneysherman.com

Joshua Jack Sophomore crackerjack@mchsi.com

Yao Li Sophmore whyli.blogspot.com decca19@gmail.com

Kimberly Gim Sophomore kimberlygim@gmail.com.edu

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Andrea Rossi Sophomore andarossi.blogspot.com andrealexrossi@yahoo.com

Krissy Diggs Senior krissydiggs.com krissydiglett@gmail.com Lara Kaminoff Sophomore zamboni.attack@gmail.com

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{ ASSIGNMENTS }

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01. Calisthenics Exercise One : Letter Take a slice of bread, wreck it, mold it, squeeze or pull it. Use the scraps, remainders and slabs of the bread to make a letter form. Do this again, share bits and pieces with classmates. When you have a good one, take it to the photocopier or scanner and copy it. Try to not be precious! Exercise Two: Word Choose 4 words, write then in block uppercase letterform, memorize their shapes, close your eyes and draw the inside forms [counters] first then the outside of the forms. Try to do this freely! Exercise Three: Text At arms length, use a dark marking took [brush and ink, marker, charcoal] and write a paragraph [your choice of words]. Try to do this with your arm as far from your body as possible! 02. Construct / Deconstruct Choose 1 character to execute in its correct form [Constructed] then use the same character and destroy is, take it apart or rearrange it [Deconstructed]. Leave some aspects of the constructed form so that we can know what letter it is. Try to deconstruct it in some way that pays attention to the form. 03. Test Pattern and Wallpaper Use elements and details of previous assignments or sketches, recombining or overlapping or editing into 5 interesting patters on 6x6 squares. Use tracing paper and/or digital manipulation. Use color with meaning. Then take your best piece from the Test Pattern project and develop it more making a wallpaper. Print at 24x36”. 04. Nature’s Alphabet Make an alphabet using found natural objects or inspired by nature. Capture letterforms rendered from life, stylistically/ graphically interpreted or capture photographically. Digital and manual manipulation allowed, just keep it consistent. Then use your alphabet to create a headline, book title or message poster. 05. Coffee Label The Baltimore Artists Blend 12-ounce bags from local coffee shop High Grounds in Highlandtown (http://www.highgroundscoffee. com] have featured the work of local artists. High Ground’s idea is to help promote the local art scene and struggling artists. For this project, we will create handlettered labels for the Baltimore Artists Blend. Do both front and back label with all information and UPC. 06. Sketchbook Alphabets Make an alphabet in your sketchbook every week. Experiment!

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{ LINKS }

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Typographica http://typographica.org/

Gluekit http://www.gluekit.com/spatial.html

We Love Typography http://welovetypography.com/

Jessica Hische http://jessicahische.com/typographizes/anillustrative-initial-every-day

Zellers “Everything from A to Z” Alphabet Commercial http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=7jFFJ8ifgj8

Joel Holland http://www.jmhillustration.com/ John Hendrix http://www.johnhendrix.com/

Katerine – Excuse Moi HQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mus_ Xw7dDg

Kim Bost http://www.kimbost.com/

Justice – DVNO http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=7nWnLxYzuBE

Letter Playground http://www.letterplayground.com/letters. php?letter=q&sort=most_favorites

Clay (Alphabet) http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=O13up8PXofE

Mike Perry http://www.mikeperrystudio.com/work/ typography

The A B C’s http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=qSdiR9nsyMo

Nate Williams http://www.n8w.com/newweb/letter.php

ABC Song http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=5XEN4vtH4Ic

Post-Typography http://www.posttypography.com/site/index. php?action=contact Ronald Kurniwan http://www.ronaldkurniawan.com/ Steve Heller talks about Lettering http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes. com/2009/05/07/graphic-content-handlettering/ Ted McGrath http://www.tedmcgrath.com/

NATURE’S ALPHABET

Chris Neal http://redsilas.com/artandtype.html

Hot-Rod Lettering the Old School Way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_AA0Y4f0vc Hounsfield School Animated Alphabet http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=mTRlIVxxrDM

Our Class Blog http://www.handletters.blogspot.com/

The Die-Line http://www.thedieline.com/ Type Directors Club http://tdc.org/

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{ READINGS }

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Benerra, Neal & Brougher, Kerry, Ed Ruscha, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, 2000. Berry, John D., U&lc : Influencing Design & Typography, Mark Batty Publisher, 2005. Emmerling, Leonard, Basquiat, Taschen America, Los Angeles, CA, 2003. Fella, Ed & Blackwell, Lewis & Wild, Lorraine, Ed Fella : Letters on America, Princeton Architectural Press, 2000.

Matisse, Henri, Jazz, George Braziller, Inc., New York, 1985. Matthias, Arnold, Henri De Toulouse-Latrec : 1864 – 1901, The Theater of Life, Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH, 2000. McMullan, James, The Theater Posters of James McMullan, Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1998. Perry, Michael, Hand Job : A Catalog of Type, Princeton Architectural Press, 2007.

Friedl, Friedrich & Otto, Nicklaus & Stern, Bernard, Typography, Black Dog & Leventhal, New York, 1998.

Rothenstein, Julian & Gooding, Mel, More Alphabets and Other Signs, Chronicle Books, SF, 2003.

Gastman, Roger & Houser, Jim, Babel, Ginko Press and R77, Corte Madera, CA, 2005.

Ruscha, Edward, They Call Her Styrene, Phaidon Press, New York, 2000.

Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock Poster from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, NY, 1987.

Spender, Stephen [editor], Hockney’s Alphabet, Drawings by Davud Hockney, Random House, New York, 1991.

Heller, Steven & Ilic, Mirko, Handwrittten, New York, Thames & Hudson, Inc., 2004. Laskey, Julie, Some People Can’t Surf, The Graphic Design of Art Chantry, Chronicle Books, SF, 2001. Lupton, Ellen, Thinking with Type, Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 2004.

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{ NOTES }


Hand Some Letters  

A curated collection of contemporary lettering by students in the HandLetters course at the Maryland Institute College of Art