Typographic Portrait – Process/Execution/Experimentation

Well, I’m glad to be able to finalize the six occupation or activities that I want to work on, without thinking much, I decide to use my Instagram account username to be part of the portrait, and that is “IBXZB”. I strategically planned to use this text across all my design just to ensure the consistency, although my design varies form one another.


Therefore, I came out with some sketches, after doing a research. Doodle out some designs as well before consulting Professor Shirley.




A couple of feedbacks and constructive comments was given to me by Prof. Shirley, what work best and what’s not to be include. I asked some opinion of my friends to if it works. The comments are pretty much positive. Hence I started experimenting some of my design which seems really fun for me. I went to get some materials and start to explore with them and tried making something out of it.




I’m IBXZB and I’m a Tailor.

It was fun using just the essential material for all tailor to work on their piece of fabrics which is needle and thread. I’ve gotten a red colored linen thread because it has a strong contrast when I laid a khaki colored linen fabric on the background. I used a method such that It creates a 3-dimentional form. I thought this idea was quite cool because I’ve seen it somewhere before so I adopted that and translate it to my own interpretation.


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I’m IBXZB and I’m a Rock-Climber

I’ve been fascinated with the tiles that I usually hung on when I do rock climbing, hence I thought I could make something out of it. The idea of arranging the tiles is pretty much similar to that arranging typography. Hence it would be really cool if I have my own rock wall with the tiles spelt out as my name. I bought some colored clay to make the tiles and some pins to create such that it looks like a metal nuts. I also used the soft compressed wood to create the background and made a little inclined ramp to give a feel of real rock wall.

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I’m IBXZB and I’m a Muslim

I thought I would like to do this digitally, but after a careful consideration, I decided to make a paper cut. This idea of using some Islamic art elements to include would be an impactful one. As it is the foundation of being a Muslim. Therefore, went on the internet and find the best Islamic pattern to interpret my design. There are many in the internet but I choose the one that has a great contrast for the whole look that I would like to achieved and that is a simple background but evoking foreground. For the typeface, initially I wanted to use Arabic fonts, but after approaching Prof. Shirley, she suggested an English font with an Arabic style instead, which is genius. So I created them in the Photoshop and printed the fonts. I also printed the Islamic prints for the later stage.

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I’m IBXZB and I’m a Gardener

Gardener is considered one of the best occupation because you are working and enjoying the nature at the same time. for this particular design I would like to evoke a sense of real garden, using the elements such as the soil, plants and fruits to be in cooperated in my work. After some out of the box thought, I was inspired by some food that look like a garden concept. Therefore, I decided to do a little experiment on making a DIY soil out of food. And the closest I could get was chocolate compound and chocolate chips. And some other parts to be use with edible product if possible.

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Typographic Portrait Research

Upon receiving this new project, I’m was pretty much excited to create a typographic portrait of my own name, it could be my name or initials. Interestingly how this works is that we are suppose to produce a total of six A5 size of “MY NAME IS, AND I’M A…..”. it could be an occupation, feelings, personalities or trait of our self.


So my first approach on this was to list down as many as possible all my dream occupation, my hobbies and some of my current activities that I’m doing which is Rock Climbing.


After short listed a few, and went on to choose six, which is the requirement for the project. Hence I decided to work on, “I’m a firefighter”, “I’m a graphic design”, “I’m a Muslim”,” I’m a tailor”, “I’m a Rock climber” and “I’m a gardener”.  Each of these play an important role in my life and have a great story to tell.


The aim of this project is to use as end in itself, meaning minimizing supporting imagery. However, it must be conceptually driven solutions and letter forms are combined with abstract images that express the intended message. I did further research on some existing typography to get inspiration from them. It is definitely not easy. A lot of careful thoughts need to be done, especially if we want our concept and the final execution to be an amazing and worth looking at.


I had in mind some specific technique I want to work on, like crafting and digital methods after looking at some inspirational work from the internet. I also picked up some books over at the ADM library to find out about typography design. Below are some of the inspirational typographic images that could be mind-blowing to some of us, well at-least for me. Hahaha!

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