Handmade Type Experiment by Tien-Min Liao
Tien-Min is a New York based communication designer focused on graphic design and branding. After getting a B.A. degree in Advertising, she won The Ministry of Education Scholarship to advance her education at Pratt Institute, and will graduate in May 2013. Her work has been published in such publications as Asia-Pacific Design, IdN Extra, How Magazine, Apportfolio Asia and many more.
Tien recently finished a project called “Handmade Type.” This self-initiated typographic experiment explores the relationships between upper-case letters and lower-case letters, and also records the transformation between them.
In this experiment, I drew shapes with ink on one or both of my hands, manipulating my gestures into the corresponding shape to signify an upper-case letter. Then, using the same shape on my hands, I manipulated mygesture or changed the perspective through which the shape is viewed in order to transform the upper-case letter to a lower-case of the same letter. Removingor redrawing the darkened shape on my hands is not allowed in the experiment. The only way to make the model transform from an upper-case to a lower-case (orvice versa) is changing the gestures or the perspectives. – Tien-Min
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