Found in Northern Hemisphere Scavenger Intelligent Raven = Crow Symbolic of… Death Wisdom Insanity Problem Solving Seen as… Messengers Omens Witches
Font Used: Garamond Size: Various Point Sizes Used Garamond is the name given to a group of old-style serif typefaces named for the punch-cutter Claude Garamond (c. 1480 – 1561). Most of the Garamond faces are more closely related to the work of a later punch-cutter, Jean Jannon. A direct relationship between Garamond’s letterforms and contemporary type can be found in the Roman versions of the typefaces Adobe Garamond, Granjon, Sabon, and Stempel Garamond. Claude Garamond came to prominence in the 1540s, first for a Greek typeface he was commissioned to create for the French king Francis I, to be used in a series of books by Robert Estienne. The French court later adopted Garamond’s Roman types for their printing and the typeface influenced type across France and Western Europe. Garamond probably had seen Venetian old-style types from the printing shops of Aldus Manutius. Garamond based much of his lowercase on the handwriting of Angelo Vergecio, librarian to Francis I.
I’ll admit it; I got all my inspiration for this project from my favorite poem, “The Raven”. I couldn’t help it, I didn’t want to just pick an animal, I wanted something that I could get into and become emotionally attached to. My research was, as I knew it would be. I delved into the world of poetic symbolism and myth to begin. What I had read in there I kept in mind as I moved into the mind map and then into my sketches. Whenever I seemed to get stuck I always managed to come back to Poe’s ageless verse. My logo design went well, I took pieces from the critiques that I thought had potential and moved forward finally completing my logo. The only real trouble I had was in the completion of the poster. It took me forever to figure out a way to incorporate my logo in. Unlike other people in my class, my logo didn’t have a body so I had to get visually creative. Then once again, Poe saved me; Pallas was the answer to my poster issues. With a few quick adjustments and stylizing a bust of Pallas I had my answer. Other than having to explain to mostly everyone in my class who Pallas is, the idea flew,and I was done.
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Katelyn Ann Henley Michigan State University Graphic Design I Fall 2009
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I enjoyed this project and despite several moments of wanting to gauge my eyeballs out and a crashed hard drive I learned a lot about what I’m actually capable of. I also learned that I need to trust myself. My process is what has gotten me to this point; my nights spent doodling on random sheets of paper, hundreds of caffeinated beverages and hours logged onto my faithful iPod. That will never change. I could drag out my process in words to cover pages of a booklet but the truth is that that’s not me. While I draw inspiration from written texts, I see ideas in pictures not words and writing down a game plan never works. I just try to take it one step at a time and be myself.
Perched upon a bust Pallas Perched upon a bust of of Pallas above chamber doorjustjust above mymy chamber door-
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Heraldic Art Celtic and Welsh Mythology Northern Pacific Legend Norse Mythology Native American Legends Edgar Allen Poe Victorian Symbolism Macabre
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Selected student projects. Teaching portfolio Michigan State University