This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction.
This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction.
This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction.
This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction.
This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction.
This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Weaving Musings
 
This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction, exploring the boundary between letterforms as pattern versus their legibility, inviting you to contemplate thoughts on design and reading.
Weavings are essentially bitmaps, built from thread; the resolution of the woven design is constrained by the thread count of the fabric. The square page format and monospaced font proportions both echo the square nature of the woven grid framework.
These monospaced letters fill their space entirely, both horizontally and vertically. When set with solid line spacing, their abstracted letterforms create dense patterns of text, connecting in both directions. The fonts used in these weavings are based on my earlier bitmap designs, by outlining and subtracting pixels I came upon the illusion of woven forms.
Initially, I applied these woven letters onto pillows in four letter words like “NICE” and “WISH” which gave me the idea of the book format. To fit the square grid regimen of the book pages, I first limited the text to using just one, two, and four letter words. After the first book, I expanded this by adding three and five letter words, adjusting the fonts to fit the lettering at the 28 dpi resolution of the weaving threads.
At first glance, some pages may read as line patterns, mazes, or diagrams of computer circuitry. But, be sure to take a closer look and discover the words within.
The fabric is jacquard woven, then sewn with Japanese four-hole binding. The result is soft and tactile, with a plush fringe at the top and bottom edges.
These folios are issued as numbered open editions:
 
If less is more, then none is best.
"Less is More" quote from Mies van der Rohe.
Four pages: 11.75 x 10.25 x 0.25 inches (30 x 26 x 0.8 cm)
 
If form follows function, then may the function be pure joy of form.
"Form Follows Function" quote from Louis Sullivan
Six pages: 11.75 x 10.25 x 0.50 inches (30 x 26 x 1.2 cm)
 
Design is a good idea.
"Design is a Good Idea" quote from Rudy VanderLans.
Four pages: 11.75 x 10.25 x 0.25 inches (30 x 26 x 0.8 cm)
 
You read best what you read most.
"You Read Best What You Read Most" quote from Zuzana Licko, deduced from the writings of Herbert Spencer.
Four pages: 11.75 x 10.25 x 0.25 inches (30 x 26 x 0.8 cm)
 
In this book you may see some hard to read type forms, until you decode them.
Six pages: 11.75 x 10.25 x 0.50 inches (30 x 26 x 1.2 cm)
 
Do you read me?
"Do You Read Me?" quote from Emigre Magazine No. 15.
Four pages: 11.75 x 10.25 x 0.25 inches (30 x 26 x 0.8 cm)
 
What you see is what you get.
This catchphrase, from 1970s and 80s popular culture, inspired the acronym WYSIWYG, for software that displays text in formatted preview.
Four pages: 11.75 x 10.25 x 0.25 inches (30 x 26 x 0.8 cm)
 
A soft 8 page book made with this zero kern mono wide typeface.
Eight pages: 11.75 x 10.25 x 0.75 inches (30 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction.
This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction.
This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction.
This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction.
This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction.
This series of book objects plays with type as abstraction.