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Book Response: Chapter 5

 

The chapter starts out discussing about the letterforms as an important element in creating new forms. While we normally view letters are pieces in creating a word with meaning, the book discusses the letters about how they can be graphic elements. This section of the chapter immediately drew me back to those 205 days when we had to create an emblem! (I just remember how difficult it was to just focus on the letterforms as shapes. I feel like because of how much I struggled with that project back then, I oddly enough came to really appreciate letters as graphic forms.) I loved how the chapter starts off with a small unit (the letterforms themselves), then builds on discussing about the context we get from just seeing a word and how design can impact the meaning of the word. It then expands and talks about the space that the words are placed in and how all of these things can impact the feeling. All of this connects back to what we have been working on. This will be especially important as I work on my zine for the next couple of weeks. I’ll have to carefully think about where I place my words and how that will affect my readers’. Not only that, but I’ll need to think about the letterforms themselves as I experiment with the letterforms!

 
Joyce Chen