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4 months ago
This is looking great!
killin it with these numbers brother! I have a hard time coming up with interesting ideas for numbers without looking through a bunch of examples, and usually end up combing the components that I really like - this might be a stupid question, but is that how you work too? Or like when I'm on the train and a funny idea for a comic pops into my head, do beautiful numbers just pop into your head...
@Timo & @James - Cheers guys.
@Matt - Really appreciate it. RE inspiration, I actually prefer avoid referencing type directly when I'm attempting to formulate something new. Of course, given my saturation level after years of looking at type, a lot if what I do is bound to be referential to some degree... While not a strict matter of general practice, for this particular set, I've tried my best to remain pretty closed off, to see what sort of diversity I could come up with working in a relative bubble.
Idea wise, there were definitely some designs that I came up with off the top of my head / driving down the road / in the shower (mainly conceptual plays, akin to logo development). However, with the majority of the geometric / ornate numbers, it's really more a matter of playing with shapes, and experimenting.
All in all this has been by far the largest pool of numbers that I've designed at any one time. It's a completely random set, so the lack of overall continuity posed it own unique challenge...but it's pushed me to try out a lot of random ideas, and styles.
@Michael Spitz - Thanks for the insight! It's cool to hear designers elaborate, even a little, on the process they took to get to a design. I love seeing in process sketches and stuff too, but even then it's hard to get a real sense of where the thought came from or what the process was like.
I can appreciate that you tried to create these "closed off" - I haven't had a ton of experience designing type and lettering, so for me, much like I started playing the bass or guitar by playing along with my favorite albums, I look around and copy things I find I like into my sketchbook, and manipulate and adapt them - I'm not quite at the point where these things are popping up in my head all of the time.
I guess it is just about shapes and lines when it comes down to it - reminds me of Bob Gill (http://bobgilletc.com/) and how he talks about creating monograms! Anyway, thanks again!
Love this one, the balance between the upper and lower curves is just fantastic. The black and white shading is a lovely touch too, really adds something unique to the shape without cluttering it. Also, the few paragraphs above were really interesting to read – thanks for the insight!
3 months ago
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