Y2S1 TYPO1- Assignment 2B: ORGANIC TYPE (Process + Research)

Moving on to the second part of the project: Organic type.

This is the brief given by Miss Angeline! 🙂


Brief 2B ORGANIC TYPE: Exploring free form type
Summary Typefaces are more than just mechanical characters, when produced creatively by the hand, type can provide a unique personality that a machine can never match. Cast away all preconceptions of typeface and create your own free form type that is expressive and unique !
Assignment objectives This assignment intends to take you away from your computer screen to explore the creation process of handmade typefaces, appreciating the beauty and emotions of an organic letter form
Task: Try your hands at a variety of hands-on materials and produce another phrase, quote, memory or lyric ideally between 15-25 characters including spaces. You can use the same phrase as in assignment 2a.

  1. Transfer your creation onto a digital form and then deliver
    your organic typographical creation on an A3 sheet printed on quality paper.
  2. With your organic typeface creation – apply it onto something tangible. for eg. a book cover, a title of a newsletter, a bag, a series of greeting cards etc..
Tips There will be an in-class exercise to practice the making of this assignment. Do not miss it !
What you
must deliver:
An A3 printed poster with your organic type

A digital simulation of your organic type application

A process documentation link on OSS

Grading criteria
  • Due diligence of organic experimentation
  • Depth of methodology and craftsmanship
  • Aesthetics of letterform creation
  • Sensitivity of paper choices
Due date: Week 7 (together with vernacular type)

During the ‘In Class Pratice’ I was taken back to my Year 1 Foundation 2D class as it explores similar aspects of mark making! 🙂

I used tiny stamps and neon highlighters as an inkpad to create this, and then Angeline taught us to use Photoshop to manipulate the designs, which brings about more variety of how far the designs can be pushed!

I’ve realized that materials to create marks and impressions are all around us, and it is up to us to make full use of it to express what we want to our fullest potential. cool


Starting was really hard for me because I couldn’t think of what materials to use and what 15-25 characters would be best to bring out the essence of the material used.

Just so happen, my father dropped a glass mug at home. I took the glass shards and further crushed it, hopefully I can do something with it! 🙂


The letters look really nice and I further experimented with the photo manipulation and played around with the colors!

It is very jarring against the white background I have realized… I was about to go blind. Hence a black background might be better! Debbie (my classmate) suggested that I should add a tinge of blue to make the glass less yellowish and it worked out really good! Thanks Debbie 🙂 ! I also added some glass shards to make it look more shattered. 🙂

Application of Organic Type on products.

Pink on the glass looks pretty sweet and on the edgy typeface !

Changing a Trajan typeface to my glass font. It looks really funny because the original typeface made the poster look really scary, but mine looks like a horror parody movie!

That is it for my Organic Type process documentation! The next up will be the Final post! Hope you’ll like it and that everything will turn out fine in the end!! innocent

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