Here’s an update on my multilayer holographic composite project, with 26 new handwriting samples. As always, if you’d like to contribute, here are the directions.
My dream of having the Internet Swadesh website be a completely automated and daily glimpse on the linguistic proclivities of the Internet was not going to come true anytime soon, so I decided to get things working manually. So I updated the site to a simple WordPress install and went to Google Image Search myself
Here’s a quick cellphone shot of my new letterpress piece, “The Sounds of English”: The gray line in the middle represents all of the sounds used in the English language as coded through the International Phonetic Alphabet. The top and bottom lines, the title of the piece in the IPA and in English orthography, are
Another iteration of the Multilayered Holographic Composite, with help from my Graphic Design intro class at NHIA: It’s starting to coalesce around the basic letterforms, although “Multilayered” is fuzzier than the other words because there’s a much larger spread of word lengths between different handwriting styles. If you’d like to be included, please, feel free!
An update on the Multilayered Holographic Composite, I’m up to 48 samples to average together. There’s a pig on one of them, and some starbursts on another, but it’s all grist for the mill:
I took the samples, removed the grey boxes, scaled everything so that the word “Holographic” was the same size in each sample, and aligned each word to the position it appeared in the very first sample, which was written by Yours Truly. This is more like it:
Thanks to my students in my Intro to Graphic Design class, I now have 32 samples of handwriting to compare: It’s interesting, but not quite what I wanted. I used the boxes to try to keep things aligned and corralled, but I’m starting to think I’ll need to normalize the sizes of the samples so
Another composite project, and this one with an interactive component! I decided to do a composite of handwriting samples, and got my summer school class and the regular attendees at the Bow & Arrow’s Open Press Night to supply the first round. I prepared a standard sampling sheet and had everyone write “Multilayered Holographic Composite”
In honor of the Post-Art Poets (@postartpoets), whose motto is THE TIMELINE OF ART HISTORY MUST BE ABANDONED IN THE NAME OF PROGRESS, I have interpreted their logo as its own form of machine poetry, reproduced below in both full representation and as edited to retain all English text letters. Full Poem: PNG IHDRkXTPLTEttXX// ]],,ggTTAA<<qqhh”EE66YYJJbb22rr33DD–44yySS[[iillzz::**FF__
Alphabets again. I was lettering some notes this morning and got interested in the number of strokes it took me to write capital letters, and then I started thinking about strokes of the pen vs. visual line elements, and one thing led to another. Here are two newly-reordered alphabets based on those two concepts. Note: