Sunday, January 31, 2010

Share & Discuss: concepts + more found stuff

A thaumatrope is a toy that was popular in Victorian times. A disk or card with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image due to persistence of vision. -wikipedia

I am starting to become curious about motion and typography within 2-dimensional formats amongst interactivity between the user and the artifact. I am also curious with the idea of illusion and how typography can be seen, but not necessarily understood. The persistence of vision is a phenomenon of the eye where an afterimage is seen through motion, and I am wondering how I can blend this idea with how we see typography.

I have started to research actual motion graphics and illusions within typography.

Motion typography video from above.
It's really beautiful! The letter forms interact so well with the imagery, it is amazing.

"...The following project called for criteria dealing with the fascination of motion and typography, but in print. This challenges the artist to captivate the audience and lead them throughout the book while illustrating appropriate motion and moods. The following booklet portrays a quote by street artist Banksy."

This project is starting to bring motion to typography together in print form. However, it doesn't necessarily involve a lot of interaction with the user, but it is blending type and motion together to further enhance the meaning of the quote from Banksy.
See the rest of the project here.

This is another motion graphic with typography, it is amazing. I am pretty sure that it was done with an eye dropper in water, with macro shots. My dilemma is can I incorporate these sorts of aspects with the user's fingertips. Maybe my concept doesn't have to stay within a 2-dimensional realm?

See the rest of the animation here

This project really hurts the eyeballs, but it is sick. After staring at it for a bit you can read DEMOCRACY. It has successfully employed motion through extreme vibration in print format. It is titled "Democracy is an illusion"


they put it on a journal... look closely you'll see it.

Through finding all these different ways of conveying motion whether it be through illusion, video, even with a thaumatrope; I have found that I would like to experiment with different types of motion with typography. How can our eyes perceive motion through print, video, or hand held devices. How can the meaning behind the typography change upon how we view it? Is it more resonant to see a word vibrating on a 2-dimensional surface vs. seeing it vibrate in a video on the web?

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