DIAGNOSTIC Research

Graphic Design and Communication

Jacqueline Casey

Jacqueline Casey trained at Massachusetts College of Art before working as a fashion illustrator and advertising, editorial and interior designer. As Director of Design Services many of her posters have been created to publicize exhibitions organized by the MIT Committee on the Visual Arts. She often uses strong elemental imagery, maniupulated by letterforms.

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(https://library.rit.edu/gda/designers/jacqueline-casey)

What I love about the series of her designs I have presented here, is how minimalistic they are. I can relate this to my printing project as for it I have also only used black white and red. I also like how she leaves a lot of space empty, not trying to fill it al in.

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Today on the tube I saw this poster for British Airways which really related to my printing work. In this ad the drawings around the word Nice, represent the place itself. I really like the use of coulour and thick font. It really attracts attention in my opinion.

This is similar to what i have done with the word F, where i represented the fumes on the letter itself.

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Christopher Wool

Wool is best known for his paintings of large, black, stenciled letters on white canvases. Wool began to create word paintings in the late 1980s, reportedly after having seen graffiti on a brand new white truck. Using a system of alliteration, with the words often broken up by a grid system, or with the vowels removed (as in ?TRBL? or ?DRNK?), Wool?s word paintings often demand reading aloud to make sense.

From the early 1990s through the present, the silkscreen has been a primary tool in Wool?s practice. In his abstract paintings Wool brings together figures and the disfigured, drawing and painting, spontaneous impulses and well thought-out ideas.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Wool)

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I like his use of straight lines and breaking up the words to make it harder to understand what he is saying. I also love how the canvases aren't perfect, and have small black stains on them. This has inspired me to not see typography as a perfectionist matter, but embrace the mistakes I may have made.

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Herb Lubalin

Lubalin's conceptual idea in this type and lettering was to make it also into an illustration. He was the master of visual puns, which have returned to the design vocabulary. He didn't only see letters as forms, he also gave them meanings. 

I can really relate my work to his, as I was meaning to give my work and letters meaning too, in my printing project.

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Jacqueline Casey

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Alan Fletcher

My printing and typography project has been very much inspired by Alan Fletcher's "Manhattan". I was impressed by how he used the height of the letters to represent the height of the buildings so well. I like his use of thin line, and the fact that at first you don't understand that you are looking at a word.

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Paul Thurby

"My Alphabet needed to be different from the many versions around. I decided to pursue the challenge of fusing the word with the shape of the letter."

(Paul Thurlby's Alphabet book)

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I can relate this alphabet to my printing project because I also used the shape of the letter F to create a narration for the word that started from this letter. Another relation this letter has to the one that I have made is that it uses the letter as land on which something is taking place, which was what I have done with my letter.

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