7,500 Existential Words
on Text as Image
Can the Language arising from Text-only graphics Form Visual Interpretations and influence our Existential state of Consciousness?
My Bachelor’s thesis is an exploration on shaping Dialogues to spur the ‘Form–agination’ in the mind of the Reader, by making meaningful letterforms (Typography) using Words and Language.
I was short of some few thousand words for my thesis. During my research, I had come across Claude Closky’s “The First Thousand Numbers Classified in Alphabetical Order (1989).” It gave me an idea to solve to my problem.
Following Closky’s artwork, I inserted “the last 1152 of words in numerical order” as a finale and concluded my thesis with approximately 7,500 words.
We were also required to accompany the print version of our theses with a digital version. I exported my print version as SVG format—and uploaded it online—so that it can be printed as a hard copy.
Adding to the existential theme, I added a date and timestamp along with a print button. When the digital version is printed from the browser, the timestamp gets immortalised onto the hard copy.
You can view/read/print the digital version here: http://kabk.github.io/govt-theses-15-melissa-chan-read-between-these-lines/
I played the part in: Research, Writing, Art Direction, Design, Coding
Scope: Print, Editorial, Book Design, Digital, Web
Under guidance of: Marjan Brandsma, Dirk Vis + Eric Schrijver
During time at: Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten
Made in: The Hague, The Netherlands