Week 1 & 2

I will be updating this journal weekly in order to document the progress of my Advanced Design class term project.

Week 1 & 2

I have spent week 1 and 2 of my Advanced Design class deciding on a project concept and researching it.

Currently I know the following about my term project: I would like to incorporate photography with an interesting use of typography because both are great interests of mine.

An artist that is an inspiration for typography is David Carson. I have always admired the non-conventional use of typography in his designs.  Another inspiration for the project is Barbara deWilde. Her clean and simple, yet striking photographic images are the look that I am working toward.

Here are a few links to their websites in addition to other websites of artists whose work are inspirations for this project:


The dilemma I am still facing is the subject matter. I have 2-3 possibilities that I am still trying to decide between. My original idea was to promote the idea of buying local products—produce, handmade items etc. However, the more I contemplated my project, I realized I am also interested in expanding this thought further to the idea of buying products “Made in America.”

Another project I have contemplated is incorporating this class project with a video art piece that I produced last term about forest clear cuts. I have always found forest clear cuts to be an ugly eyesore on an otherwise beautiful forest landscape or mountain scene. However I know people who have a completely different view. They find them beneficial, and even beautiful. They also consider them a way to open up scenic views that the public might never have the chance to see. This concept, that what one person views as an eyesore might actually be viewed as a work of art by another individual, is interesting to me.


Final Concept:

Ok, decision is made. I’m going with a “buy local, buy america” theme. In fact, I plan to use this as my slogan.

Images from research that are inspirations:

Interesting info from David Carson’s website which speaks to his use of typography:


Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm.

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?


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