A Book Exploring Antiquated Words


This accordion style book emphasizes the arbitrary nature of language by inviting the viewer to view each letterform individually (page by page). It is only when the viewer reaches the final letter that he/she realizes the jumble of letters was actually a word. To enhance this effect, I chose obscure, antiquated words that were long and cumbersome to read. I view this work as a chance to play with type and use faces I would normally over look. I am usually very traditional with my typography - choosing mostly serif faces and rarely using more than one in a project (depending on the different manifestations like italic and small caps for emphasis). In this work letterforms are the dominant feature. The images are fused with the type in such a way that the two become one. The image style is tailored to the word in an effort to help the viewer determine the meaning of the word subconsciously.