Modular Typography

Mon 3rd Oct

A modular typeface is an alphabet constructed out of a limited number of shapes that can be transformed by flipping or rotating to create the entire alphabet.

In groups, we were asked to construct a modular typeface using graph paper. The type had to have a considered system, thinking about which letters could be constructed and then could be repeated to help construct other letters.

We were given circular graph paper that had triangles constructing the circles. We all experimented with our own type designs and then each chose our favourite out of all the ones we had designed. We decided to go with the design that used negative space to construct the type – the triangles rather than the circles.

As a group, we each worked on creating the same typeface. We did not construct every letterform but we did do the letters b/d/r/m/n/q/p/y/g that could all be easily converted to construct different letters of similar shape.

I really like the final typeface, I think it’s quite futuristic looking and even though it’s constructed out of triangles, I like how it has a slightly rounded shape – so it’s working with the circles rather than against them.

The next step would be to complete the whole alphabet in capital and lower case. It also needs to be drawn on illustrator so there is a digital copy to be handed in on the final submission of this project on the 31st October.


Author: ellenreiddesign

First year Graphic Communication student at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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