Sunday, February 05, 2006

Michael Worthington {true experimentation} p.115 Radical Type Design




Michael Worthington is a experimental with is work in design.He believes that true experimentation is about taking risks and I agree with him on that assumption that you have to be inquisitive, believing that you can create something that does not already exist, being willing to make mistakes, take those mistakes as learning experiences that can move you into a process that allows you to create something unfamiliar. Their should be no expectations what form should in be in the experimentation of the form. I think that should be applied in design in general because if not you allow yourself to create a form that probably been seen before or even worse cliche.

Poster {2001-02}, based on The Jam's "That's Entertainment', from a series of typographic landscapes' by Worthington

Its pretty interesting how the type forms a gestalt with typography. I like how he visually interprets the sounds and translates it to the hierarchy of the type. By this I mean if you look at A POLICE CAR and A SCREAMING SIREN it really communicates what it says visually. The play on hierarchy with the typography is rhythmical, in that in seems to escalate and diminish in pitch corresponding to the action that is occurring. Sound waves manifest themselves through visual communication in this piece.

The Smiths' Reel Around the Fountain' the other piece

The layering of typography and the transparency of the type is very appealing to me. The asymmetrical composition is more interesting to me because its not centered and its not symmetrical, I find that the more interesting designs are asymmetrical. His understanding hierarchy is apparent in his use of typography, and it has a very strong dynamic feel compositionally. This dynamic is shown through the primary information because it seems to cut wright into the secondary information and overlay it at the same time. And it tends to become almost illegible and complex where the information merges together by the layering of the transparencies of type.

4 comments:

ashleep said...

Michael Worthington's artwork also caught my attention. His use of typography is unlike anything that I have seen before. His designs really reflect his idea that "true experimentation means taking risks." When I first look at his typography, I see it as an image first, then I see it as text. At first it seems as though it might be diffucult to read, but most of his typography is very legible.

I like how his typography is described as "typographic landscapes." I never really thought about typography as being like a landscape, but it is an interesting way to think about hierarchy. When I look at the "That's Entertainment" piece, I really see it as a landscape. The larger, thicker text makes me think of mountains and reads as important information, and tiny text creates a pattern that reminds me of a dry, desert terrain. His typeface choice in this piece, and in some of his other pieces, seem like he created them himself specifically for each design because thay complement his designs so well.

carley said...

i was also attracted to 'thats entertainment' for the interesting form the group of words take on. i like the part when he says, in regards to typography "there should be no expectations concerning what the form should be." i think there is truth to that, planning ahead rarely leads to innovation, if you can envision the solution then its probably already been done. its like your setting out on a journey with a general idea of where youare going, but no specific directions of how to get there.

its interesting to think about we as viewers see his designs as the end product that had a whole process of experimentation leading up to it. such innovation doesnt just materialize suddenly, it evolves from ideas and mistakes and continual finessing. that whole radical type book makes me inspired about the design process in general, and in experimentation and the things that can develop from it.

courtney said...

i agree that this is indeed a very intriguing artist. there is indeed a sense of rhythm that gets passed on through the treatment of the type. the first image is layered, but because of the scale change, colors, and opacity variations, we still feel like it is echoing in our ears. because worthington does have lots of experimentation that led to his final works, we see that indeed, you cannot plan out what you want in the end. i think that is whats hard for most people to internalize...because we are usually told in life-- "plan ahead, think about the future" while you must do a bit of planning to a certain extent in design, we cannot always confine our creativity like that. in order to get extraordinary results, we need to take extraordinary steps.

unmi said...

I liked the part where he said "believing that you can create something that does not already exist, being willing to make mistakes, take those mistakes as learning experiences.."It's an inspiring lesson that I should learn. I always thought that there is too many creative design works out there already that there's nothing else I can do...but it all comes from experimenting.
I really liked the typographic landscape where it creates an image but yet you can still read all the text. I feltl like I'm hearing all these sounds while i was reading it.
The second one, 'Reel Around the Fountain', I agree it has an interesting compostion and scale to it, but I'm kind of frustrated that it's hard to read what it says. If I can read all the text and know the meaning of it, I think it would be more interesting.