Contrast and Composing

Design Problem 2

1. Select a contrasting pair of letterforms. Choose letters that vary in their weight, geometry, and complexity.

2. Working within a 10-x-10-inch square, combine the letterforms in dynamics compositions. Home in on letterform details to illuminate the unique anatomical and stylistic features of each. Use figure/ground relationships to contrast forms against each other as well as merge them together. Crop, combine, repeat, rotate, enlarge, and reduce the letterforms to create both separation and ambiguity.

3. Choose three or more final designs that celebrate formal differences as well as distribute positive and negative space into fluid, balanced compositions.

Jennifer Cole Phillips, faculty