Friday, 13 January 2012

what's in a name?

personal project

A while ago I started fiddling around with type compositions having fun simply exploring graphic form, limits of legibility, and color schemes.

More recently, I decided to create some concrete examples for a few friends' children as Christmas presents. Using Avant Garde Gothic Extra Light as a neutral and geometric font, each child’s name is set in either a landscape or stacked square-setting depending on which seemed to suit the name best. I then applied individual colour palettes – intuitively associated with each child – derived from direct physical attributes or recurring colours picked out from photographic portrait-reference.

Color-jet printed onto Canson paper and simply framed, some are clearly more legible than others, but in the end, I am not so sure that it's all that important to decipher the actual name as the piece takes on a life of its own and becomes a unique typographical portrait.

Try to imagine what each child looks like…


  1. I want one too!!

  2. These have received so many compliments. And rightly so! Thanks again for these works of art. : )

  3. And you managed to use Oliver's 3 favourite colours. He was more than impressed!

    1. tx, ftim. it all just was kinda in the flow and took shape. they aren't icebergs, but heartfelt none the less ;-) tell oli, that i've got him figured out - ha! more than i can say for that little frankie. hope to see you all sometime soon. still got sand between your toes?

  4. colour blocking at its best!

  5. these are great, excellent color combinations too!