Selected Works

Title
83
Designer
Miriam Olszewski
About
I created a story based on what I imagine my grandma would do in twenty-four hours. I have only met her twice and for a very short period of time, we are over 6000 KM apart. I found in creating this book I may have imagined different scenarios she might encounter but brought me closer by just thinking about her and how lonely it might be being so far from family. I focused on images and typography from going to church, picking berries, etc. I used scans of her letters and flowers she would send for some dividing spreads. She had turned 83 this year. The use of the words inhale and exhale showcase the breathing problems and through the use of expressive typography show the impacts it makes on a daily basis. Such as taking bike rides, her favourite hobby, some decent legs and lungs for an 83 year old.
Contact
miriam.olszewski@gmail.com
Title
Blind
Designer
Chris Vallee
About
My books are a visual and typographic representation of the moment when someone wakes up from a dream. The idea was inspired by personal experience, having woken up in the middle of a dream many times, and being unable to remember the dream. I chose to demonstrate this idea by creating two books that each contains fragments of the same story. Book 1, represents sleep, and book 2 represents waking up. You cannot get the complete story unless both books are read si- multaneously. My typography treatments compliment this concept by displaying unfinished sentences, incomplete words, and backwards words and letters, reflecting the missing pieces of a dream. I used kerning, and long dashes to indicate the space where a word belongs. The missing words from book 1 can be found in book 2, representing the idea that in order to fully understand or remember a dream, you must be both dreaming and awake at the same time.
Contact
chris4862@hotmail.com
Title
Fish and Hooks
Designer
Brandon Ainsley
About
The theme of this project was based on the idea of fishing, and how to catch fish. By choosing interesting words for the type treatments, I developed a typography system using stacked and joined letters that could be adapted and carried over the various spreads. The actual narrative text was set in an inconspicuous typeface on separate leaflets spaced intermittently throughout the book. It was printed on aged newsprint to give a soft, natural look, and hand sewn with an open spine in order to show the inner workings of the book.
Contact
brandonainsley@gmail.com
Title
Free
Designer
Jessica Carter
About
While Letters from the Sky was used as a basis for my story, it is in no way a literal translation of the song but instead, a personal reflection. I really used the book as an outlet to communicate how the song made me feel. The song is not necessarily seen to be about freedom but to me it is. Its about breaking traditional ideals and doing something different. The story is also romantic in a sense because the freedom in question is reliant on somebody else. Certain lyrics from the song were selected that specifically resonate with me. These are only walls because it beautifully communicates the concept of not being afraid. As well as I have nothing to fear and we wont have to be scared.
Contact
jsscrtrr@gmail.com
Title
FUCK
Designer
Roberto Bellavia
About
The main influence of this piece was something I used to do when I was younger. Every time I would get into a fight with parents or a girlfriend I would grab my green backpack, fill it with spray paint and markers and go paint. While thinking of a theme for this piece, my girlfriend and I got into a massive argument. That is when the light went off. The body copy is based on actual text messages between my girlfriend and I. I used purple blackletter as a direct persona of my girlfriendʼs character and used the area codes and time stamps of our messages to communicate how we viewed the initial fight. The book is entitled FUCK because it seems to be the only word we can communicate towards each other. Everything else is just noise; hence the asterisks **.
Contact
roberto.bellavia@gmail.com
Title
Insomnia
Designer
Amanda Bartucci
About
I designed my book in the perspective of the insomniac and through my own sleeping experiences. I expressed the struggle of not being able to sleep through repetition, colour, numbers and how your brain is buzzing with a million thoughts when you are unable to sleep. Blackbird by The Beatles and the song Fireflies by Owl City were used as my inspiration. The colours used in the book are blurry and faded to represent the state of the insomniac’s mind during the night, as well as a high contrast with loud and soft type to illustrate mood changes. I decided to use my own illustration of a sheep to represent the technique of counting sheep. The sheep are constantly appearing in the book to show that the monotonous repetitive exercise will eventually make you go insane.
Contact
mandee_o7@hotmail.com
Title
Journey to the Mall
Designer
Lena He
About
This project mainly focuses on the exploration of type with combination of images and illustration to narrate a story and fully express type in advanced typography treatment. The story theme is originated from my own experience of walking, shopping, and simple daily routine. The idea of the book elaborated on the need to go shopping as a journey, taken from a first person perspective. The overall layout pushes on the dynamic imagery, where typography speaks boldly and straightforward. The typeface is all set in Universe LT Std, and mainly pushes on directional treatment. The book itself is printed on single weight Cougar Stock and saddle-stitched. The dynamic layouts of the book allows audiences to play with the format while getting into the story. An interesting example is that the book jacket also functions as a poster.
Contact
fatmeow@gmail.com
Title
Life Styles of the Drunk and Unknown
Designer
Alan Thatcher
About
The theme of my project takes a playful look at the day in the life of an alcoholic. The idea was to use the phrases and thoughts produced by an alcoholic. My influences come from local bars to hip hop music and from witnessing the antics of neighbourhood drunks. Ideas for the layouts used in the final book came from the lettering used in movie posters and books. The typography used mainly reflects a dirty and eroded feel, to give off that I don’t care feeling that an alcoholic displays. The typesetting allowed me to express and experiment. From crooked kerning’s and leading to wavy and watery looking typefaces, the idea was to make the words look just as drunk as the person saying them. The materials used were simply enough not to make the final product too expensive or polished.
Contact
obe101@hotmail.com
Title
Memory
Designer
Kamela Mulder
About
My project is called Memory. It is about a girl who escapes everyday like where her thoughts and bad memories have been haunting her. She escapes to a beautiful place where it is calm all around her. she closes her eyes and even though she concentrates and longs to escape the past she is experiencing it again in her head. She feels things like fear and panic, and is desperate to escape. She speaks to the offender in her thoughts and pleads to be let go. Soft colours are used in contrast with dark colours for the flashback and the present to show the difference in atmospheres. A blurred effect is also used to represent her thoughts and that things aren’t as clear in the mind.
Contact
kamela.mulder@gmail.com
Title
Only in Dreams
Designer
Kevin Boothe
About
Only in Dreams is a narrative editorial project that explores the fleeting nature of the dreams. The photographs centre around a young girl, as she is swept away on an galactic journey through her dreams. The story is told from the perspective a young friend who with some trepidation, watches the young girl become more and more immersed in her dream world, to the point where he begins to question whether her dreams are more real to her then her real life. Only in Dreams was a very interesting project for me because it was a collaborative process among friends. Matin Pezeshgzad is a fellow OCAD student and photographer whose work I really admire. I approached him with the idea of exploring non sequential story telling through a narrative project, and we agreed that dreams seemed like a very tangible way to do this. To help with the model, I enlisted my friend Tala Berkes, a fashion masters student at Ryerson University. She not only styled the model, but also helped with hair and make-up. My main role at the actual photo shoot was that of an art director. By everyone bringing their different skilletsʼ, we were able to create some very beautiful imagery. While the imagery was quite strong, the focus of this project was in fact typography. I used a combination of custom modified type through both digital and analog processes as well a systematic approach to highlighting key phrases. I think the use of the modified and flickering type that is seen in some of the photographs greatly adds to the overall dreamlike feeling. The large systematic type creates an interesting visual contrast as well as serves to highlight certain key phrases. The insert within the book not only tells the whole story, but functions as a pacing tool while making the project feel more considered.
Contact
kevin@givencollective.com
Title
Shoe-In
Designer
Sarah Emery
About
Shoe-in was originally based on a set of photographs which depicted my trip from home to school. This was illustrated by taking pictures of my feet at different stages of the trip (for example, in the subway or on top of a sewer grate). Soon it became clear that my shoes were the real stars of the series, so they became the focus of the piece. The title is a play on words; Shoe-in instead of shoo-in. The story is basically a history of the shoes; how they came into my life and where I have gone with them. The typography treatments seek to enhance and complement the images that I have chosen. In some cases, the contrast between the image and the typography creates visual interest. In other cases, the typography is a direct conceptual translation of the image. I experimented with scale, unusual typefaces, bright colours and unusual colour combinations in order to create a unique and visually dynamic piece. I also played with different experimental techniques; for example, I went to the printmaking workshop and played with some old wooden type, which I was very happy with and used consistently throughout the piece. I also tried printing on unusual mediums (the cover is printed on an actual newspaper)as well as printing with unusual mediums (the cover also features the footprint of my actual shoe). I tried to bring a personal touch to the piece by using my own handwriting to write out part of the copy.
Contact
me@sarahemery.com
Title
Story of Life
Designer
Frank Suarez-Milan
About
This is the story of life in this world. It’s a story of life, instance, perception, action, triumph, and of course, death. In specific, this story follows a mouse’s perspective of life. Also, it deeply explores typography treatments in order to convey both meaning and interpretation within this context. Further, all elements page-to-page and even on the cover, follow a particular aesthetic pertaining to this theme. Inspiration for this work came to me from several places, one of them being the very (dirty) ground we seldom notice. Other inspiration came in the form of interpretation. For instance, fully identifying the meanings, literally and visually, of the words of focus such as perception. With this in mind, my primary objective was not only to convey a mouse’s perspective, but also decipher life.
Contact
info@quitefrank.co
Title
Time Is Running Out
Designer
Tiffany Fairweather
About
Time is Running Out is about the stress of being a student. Inspired by Apollo440’s song of the same name that chants its title repetitively, it serves as an anthem to the never-ending balancing act throughout a student’s career. Throughout my piece I tried to draw attention to the decay in sanity that can be a side effect of coming up against deadlines, studying for exams and juggling assignments. I used typography to illustrate that decay. The piece begins with clean, legible type and becomes more and more erratic and desperate as the spreads progress. The shape and scale of this piece went through many changes in preproduction, finally coming to fruition as a mock textbook. Still wanting to capture the intimacy of a personal sketchbook, I mimicked the aggravated and belligerent rants of note taking overtop of static textbook type. I chose wood veneer instead of paper to give each spread a greater sense of weight. Illustrating the density of every page turned that is heavy with information. Even using Lorem Ipsum to convey the unintelligible information that will never be absorbed. This piece ironically mirrored itself. Created inside the chaos of my own procrastination, I might have gone a little crazy as I juggled this and many other assignments as well as studying for exams. The lyrics to Time is Running Out, were so fitting as it seemed as though they were the audible version of the impending doom of a ticking clock. To couple that sense of time lost with senses lost, I also used a favourite childhood limerick I am slowly going crazy that I found scribbled in my sketchbook during the brain storming of this piece.
Contact
hellotiffany@gmail.com
Title
Traveling
Designer
So Hie Won
About
Creating the relationship between words and images through typography, I have revised the typeface Braggadocio by adding simple illustrations: triangular shapes and diagonal lines. Also, by changing and keeping the angles of each letter consistent, it gives the typeface more sense of unity. Contrast in size of the title and body copy is another effective technique that has been used in this work, emphasizing form of the characters. The theme is traveling, as being mentioned throughout the artwork. My approach to the overall layout is the use of repeating and overlapping technique, which is applied to both images and types. Finally, the main colours that has been used are black and white with a yellow tint evoking mood and atmosphere in a expressive photographic style.
Contact
sohies2@gmail.com
Title
War
Designer
Julie Bisson
About
My inspiration for this project was the song Hero of War, by Rise Against. It’s a powerful song because it conveys some of the atrocities of the war that often go untold. Stemming from this idea, I used the metaphor of soldier as pawn and used a model and chess pieces for the book’s photography. I had two main approaches in mind for this project: display the calculated beauty of war, or portray a grungy, dirty aspect of war. I opted for the cleaner, more delicate approach because it contrasted our preconceived notions of what war is all about, but it still connected with the calculated (almost scientific) aspect of the game of chess. The book measures 8.5 inches wide, and 8 inches tall. The imperfect square was intentionally designed to allow room for screw posts during the final binding process; I felt the clean industrial look of the metal would complement the straight lines and clean type. The overall product’s exterior is meant to appear almost picture-perfect (like the way the war can be filtered and watered-down in contemporary media). The photographs were converted to greyscale, again to reinforce the colour scheme associated with chess, but also to connect with the overall grey tones that appear in newspapers. I altered the photographs in Photoshop to give them a grainier, almost poorly printed quality. Newsprint was also introduced in some of the spreads. I used Bodoni for the book’s cover, mainly because of its elegance and powerful contrast in weight. The cover was meant to be very simple; War is a highly charged word, and I felt it spoke for itself and didn’t need any extra embellishments. This typeface reappears for the book’s folios. The type used in the interior of the book is ITC Avant Garde in several different weights, along with Eurostyle. I opted to stay away from a serif font simply because sans-serifs felt more cold and unfriendly, a feeling I was hoping to convey.
Contact
julie.e.bisson@gmail.com
Title
War Vie
Designer
Michelle Lefebvre
About
War Vie is a book birthed out of an existing book. The subject matter concerns a story of two princesses in a fictitious world battling for control of the land. The story takes place in a post‐apocalyptic setting and so in turn the book had to take on a scrapbook, disheveled look while also conveying the image of a prophecy. Because of the dark fairy tale aspect I chose to work with the storybook‐like typeface Fraktur paired with Footlight MT Light (for copy treatment). I chose to hand‐paint lettering directly on to it’s pages to create a more authentic and texturized look. The existing type in the original book to make for an interesting complementary typographic device then coupled the images and the typography treatments.
Contact
m.lfbvr@gmail.com

About

Typography 5: This advanced course taught at the Department of Design, OCAD University, is designed for students who wish to further their investigation into the structural and communicative aspects of typography and refine their process of using type to enhance meaning.


Project Description

Photo narration supported by self-generated copy was the starting point for these projects. Considering the form and function of the final piece, students broke out of the ordinary patterns by examining radical approaches in typography, typesetting, paper engineering and image making. Individual process books document and illustrate the results at each stage.


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