The Unsent project by Rora Blue 

The Unsent project is a collection of text messages submitted under the prompt  “State your first loves name and type what you would say if you sent them a text message. Also include the color that you think of when you think of your first love”.

The submissions are used in collages which are visual representations of the diversity and unmistakable similarities between submitters feelings toward their first loves. The submissions are also created into stickers that can be purchased and are put up everywhere for the public to read.

The Unsent Project allows people to say what they want to say to their first love while remaining anonymous. It also provides insight to the question “what color do people see love in?”

Sam Winston – Dictionary Story

My work often focuses on how we use language – from the order we read words to the shape the pages take. I look at existing books – such as dictionaries, timetables and children’s stories – and see if I can make new narratives from them. Written and designed by the artist. 24pp concertina set in Times Roman and printed offset litho on 170gsm Storafine paper in white cloth cover with olive-green cloth slipcase, 35 x 13 cms The edition is limited to 100 signed copies.

A giant typographic installation named CNJPUS TEXT by Japanese artist Ryo Shimizu, sees typography take centre stage in a gallery environment. This 15 foot by 41 foot installation showcases what perhaps an Asian/English hybrid font might look like. A staggering 2,500 words painted by the artist scatter onto the floor bringing the flat artwork to life. The words are actually a hybrid of Roman and Chinese characters and the artist explains that the exhibition is actually ‘about Japan’s culture of appropriation, in which everything originates from somewhere else.’

Bilingual book Connect done by Albert Tang for The Institute of History and Philology (IHP) of Academia Sinica in Taiwan. 

I like the sepia tone of the images he’s used and the layout for the ephemera. Not a big fan of the layout in the book though. 

one of my ideas is to use a trapezium layout for my magazine spread. I came out with using a trapezium as the length of the text would increase gradually as it goes down the page. So I thought it would represent how you could ‘decode’ Irma Boom. As you go down the page, you get to know more about her and it reveals her confidence/boldness/unconventionality in her work. 

Trapeziums are also rarely used in magazine designs so it’s another point to reflect her duality/unconventionality in designing.  

Considering Irma Boom’s contracting/opposing personalities(?) I realized she has a contrasting/opposing style and personality. Her works are amazing, bold and daring, one of a kind, yet she’s a really shy person. She rarely looks at her audience when she gives a presentation/speech. She fidgets with the pages, corner of her books and has quite a lot of hand gestures when she gives a presentation. She herself also mentioned that she had her hair down and covered her face while she was working at the government printing office. Seeing this contrast in her personality and work, it’s like she’s a completely different person when she works. 

I looked into ways to present this dilemma, and thought of arrows pointing in opposite direction. I tried to arrange the text and images as if they are going in different directions (-> <-). I thought the layout looks quite interesting, but it would be quite difficult to fit all of the text in. It’s rather hard to read as well. 

Having presented this in my presentation, Sally gave me some feedback on this. I agree with her that there’s too much text in it.