Workshop 1
Detailed Conversations

“Anything can be made in anything.”
— Ed Fella


Ed Fella, 1957—198
Question
How can you develop a character set based off of a set of physical features? 

Background
Letters were originally developed based off of human characteristics. A ear, arm, shoulder and leg are all terms used to describe specific typographic elements. 

Workshop
This workshop has several steps. It’s actually a little complicated. It’s meant to introduce you to your classmates. Drawing plays a crucial role. But not only will we draw, we’ll draw with something like charcol. It’s difficult and messy. 

Instructions
  1. In pairs, draw each other. 18in x 24in format. We call this “blind drawing”. You can look at each other, but not at the paper. Meanwhile, have a conversation. Take notes or record it.

  2. Exchange and analyse your drawings. Extract interesting shapes and details. Your your notes from the conversation into a short text. 

  3. Design a letter using the extracted shapes and details of the student who made the drawing. 

  4. Make a whole alphabet based on that letter you created in class. It can be any media. Draw it, paint it, digitize it, scan it. As long as you bring in a full alphabet.

  5. (Bonus) Set your exchanged conversation in the your alphabet.

Learning objectives
  • understanding of how to translate a piece of text
  • build a relationship with your classmates
  • build an understanding of shape and line

Timeline
One Week

Schedule
Week 1, Sept 04
  • Kickoff: Detailed conversations

Week 2, Sept 11
  • Final Critique: Detailed conversations

Materials
  • 18in x 24in paper
  • Charcol

Critique questions
  • How did you work together as a group?
  • Did what you made get seen? How did you make it seen? What were the reactions?
  • What did it offer? How did it affect relationships, positive will toward each other or other human benefits?
  • What would you change based on the feedback?

Credits
This assignment is a translation from a workshop done by Per Anderson and Charlotte Jenson at Krabbesholm Hajakole in 2016. Thank you.