Week 3 is here. And the assignment will be due soon. After the previous consultation. I have more or less decided on the  theme that I want to approach. I found that the one that inspired from Cut the Rope seems very interesting for me

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So I thought that why don’t I apply the concept of game to all 4 attributes. And I need to find some way to connect all of them not only through the game elements. Also that the 4 attributes can link up as a story and tells the characteristic of me.

Thus… I come up with this mind map…

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You can see that at the start, I will begin with the “I AM A GAMER”. this basically set as an introduction. Then following by the 3 attributes, which all contain game elements. So that the 4 pictures are fit into the same style. For me, doing like this is more like writing a narrative. By connecting them up, I am like telling a story of mine.


More Research

But before that, I feel I get start more artist research6a73a032326453.567a91437dfa5

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I found this artist on Behance. you can see that his style is very cartoonist and there are many objects interacting with each other. This also means that the typography is no longer the central attention, but part of the drawing itself. I also happened to find this company Gumbo illustrations on Behance. They have this series of work pertaining to Africa.

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You can see that this is actually a quite different approach from the previous one. There is only one object with each letter. The whole image looks clean and neat. I feel that both provide a lot of ideas for me.


Now, let’s decide what do I want to do for each of the attribute.

Hello I am a gamer


The first one is already set. I will be based on the idea of Cut the Rope. I will play with ropes until it forms my name.


Hello I am a cat lover

For the cat lover I will be based on the idea of cat cafe. I think all the furniture into the shape of my name letter

Hello I am a procrastinator

The third one I decided to choose from the game Plant Vs. Zombie. Because for me, as procrastinator, when it comes to assignment due date, I will be like a zombie. Procrastinate always make unable to finish my work on time. Thus, I have to stay overnight, and bear with red eyes, dark eye circles.

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 As you can see, the plants and weeders will be replaced by alarm clock and assignments, To-do list and exams. Where me as the zombies will walking tiredly to them. And the zombies will form my initials XT on the grid.

Hello I am a freedomizer

The last attribute I will be based on the game Angry Birds. As I want to express the idea of freedom from how the birds are freely flying in the sky.

The project Typographic Portrait has come to the second week. After the artist research, I began this week by coming out of my 6 attributes.

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Thus I have to more or less decided what I wanted to do. It is divided into 2 categories: my characteristics and my hobbies

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Cat lover


For the next step, I began to try out a few sketch on these attributes. See if I have any ideas that I can expand on it.


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I am a heavy Karaoke addict-er. So I decided to input my name into objects that is related to music. Such that the letters are  naturally infuse into the environment. Like in this case, my name has become the shape of the teeth.

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This is one is inspired by a poster done by English Markell  & Pockett ( refer to below). It shows how the words streamed in projections on faces and in abstractions before spooling into the words of the programming title. So I wanted to try out this idea, that my name is spreading out/or in to music notes.

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I write my names repeatedly that it forms the shape of a microphone.


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For this one, I actually illustrates my names as molecules and particles. As the word “freedom” reminds me of the Brownian Motion. Where particles are able to move around freely.

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The word freedom also reminds me of release, evacuate. Therefore, one of my idea is to illustrate my ideas into an evacuation guide. For this, I also research on different of fonts and typography (refer to below)

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Source: 20th-Century Type, Lewis Blackwell




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When I am free, I also watch a lot of movie. So I choose movie as one of my attributes too. For example for the above one, I actually put in a pair of 3D glasses into my name, such that the two lens form the double O of my name.

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This is inspired from the game Cut the Rope. I choose this as by changing the design of the ropes, it is able to form the letters of my name. I feel that there is a lot of room to expand on.

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I love CATS!! So I wanted to make this as my attributes too! I begin by illustrating how the cat image i design is to interact with the 3D forms of my names.



Monument Valley











Monument Valley is a puzzle game developed and published by indie studio Ustwo. The player leads the princess Ida through mazes of optical illusions and impossible objects. The use of optical illusion can be seen from the picture above. It actually illustrate a 3D which can only exist in 2D form.

Therefor, I hope that I can apply this into my project. Below pictures are a few examples which this idea is implemented.











 Lex Wilson

Lex Wilson is well-known for his design of the 3D typography








More of his work can be acces from his website

He uses perspective to his full advantage

This is an important point for me to adopt. For the project, it is not necessary to design a 2D planar typography. we could play with the perspective by tilting the imaginary “camera”.


 Peter von Arx












Peter Von Arx is the author of this book,”Film Design”


He believed that

Designer Should be familiar with the factors of movement, time and speed as seen in film

This apply to all mediums use, also for words and typography.

As seen from examples of his work. The words are given a form of movement and flowing of time.

1960s Psychedelics Posters

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Psychedelia and the Psychedelic movement  1960-1975


  1. Pertaining to or characterized by hallucinations, distortions of perception and awareness, and sometimes psychotic-like behavior.
  2. A drug that produces such effects.
  3. An art style influenced by the prevalence of hallucinatory drugs, especially LSD, with typical designs featuring abstract swirls of intense color with curvilinear calligraphy reminiscent of Art Nouveau.

The psychedelic movement began in the mid 1960’s and had an effect, not just on music, but also on many aspects of popular culture. This included style of dress, language and the way people spoke, art, literature and philosophy.

The name “psychedelic” refers to drugs that were popular with the youth culture of the time. Posters for rock concerts tried to visually express the feeling of tripping out.

The visual motifs of psychedelic art include Art Nouveau-inspired curvilinear shapes, illegible hand-drawn type, and intense optical color vibration inspired by the pop art movement.

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The 3 highlighted points indicate the special features of psychedelic posters. The way which texts are twisted and the uncomfortable colors use actually bringing a uncomfortable feeling to the audience.

Among the 6 attributes of ourselves in the project, not all of them are necessary positive. Thus the psychedelic posters can be a good example to learn to how to deliver negative feeling.


3D/ Handmade typography

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