Sound It Out
The process is key to finding the solution(s) that we are working towards as designers. No matter what process alwaysboosts the outcome. A major part of process is working through solutions for an extended period of timeI always find myself using music as tool in my process to increase creativity.
The idea that letter forms and notes on sheet music hold the same purpose in creating language is extremely interesting. Letterforms are used as independent pieces to create words visually where as notes are used to create create music. Both also hold different classifications which help to evoke different emotions.In music there is Rap, Country, Dubstep, Classical, Metal, Pop, etcIn type there is serif, sans-serif, humanistic, display, bold, condensed, etc. For the this reason I would like to further explore how the world of type and sound can be fluidly meshed to create a typeface that is not just visual, but also audible. To execute this I plan to use the modular grid that the drumpad has, for creating looping sound sequences, to create a pixel inspired typeface. In this way each letterform can have a subset sound family playing of the idea of type families.
Development of Typeface in Ableton Pro
The next was designing five seperate pixel based typefaces using a Novation Launchpad Pro as my main tool. It featured an 8 x 8 grid in which sounds are assigned.
A Closer Look at Each Letterform Created
Combining Type & Sound With Processing
After the type was created it was now time to create a interactive installation to showcase visually and audibly how sound can change the way language is received. The main tool for this step was Processing which was used to assign each key a unique sound. Transforming the keyboard into a 26 character instrument.
The final output was an physical installation that user could interact with. It ran the custom processing script off of a mac mini which was connected to a keyboard (to type), headphones (to hear the letterforms) and a projector that displayed the typeface along with its waveform (a visual form in which we comprehend sound). The Typefaces created on the Launchpad Pro were laser cut and displayed as specimen along with the instructions on how to interact.