Saturday, 8 October 2016


TYPOGRAPHY is what language looks like. 
It is the art and technics of type design.

Type the sky

Type the sky is an original project by Lisa Rienermann, a student of Duisburg-Essen University. Each letter is an empty space in the sky of Barcelona surrounded by buildings. She says: "Todo comenzó por la Q. Estaba en una pequeña calle de Barcelona y al mirar hacia arriba vi las casas, el cielo y las nubes. El área oscurecida por las casas dejaba entrever una forma en el cielo que parecía una Q. Esa fue la idea de la técnica. Pensé que si una Q me había encontrado a mi, no sería difícil que yo encontrara al resto del alfabeto. De modo que pasé semanas mirando al cielo, buscando el resto de las letras entre las casas."


Eating from A to Z! By Luiza P. (Flicker user). She says: “This project was conceived as a way to document my eating habits and routine, through the creation of an alphabet.“

A pop-up book.

Human alphabets
Human Alphabets 3

Human alphabets 2
Human alphabets 1

More examples:

  • Draw me a song: take a look to these wonderful typography examples. Posters.
  • Modular typography: Made typography using half moon shape as the negative space between box shapes. Then translated into cardboard sculptures mimicking the same design elements. Sculptures.
  • Fillingraphy on typography. Cakes!

Friday, 30 September 2016

Thales theorem

A very funny way of explaining Thales Theorem:

Dividing a segment into several equal parts
We use Thales theorem to divide a given line segment into a number of equal parts with compass and straightedge or ruler.  By using a compass and straightedge construction, we do this without measuring the line.
    1. Draw the given segment AB. This is the segment that we want to divide.
    2. From point A draw an oblique ray (r).
    3. Chose a measure with your compass and from point A draw arcs on the oblique ray as many arcs as parts you need.
    4. Join the last point of the oblique ray with point B.
    5. Draw parallels using your set square to the segment B7 from the other points on the ray.
Here we have divided the segment in seven parts, but you can divide the segment in as many parts as you need.
I think my construction is easier, but here you have another construction. In the applet we divide it into five parts but it can be any number. You will discover that both are the same!.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Parallel, Perpendicular and Intersecting lines

How do we use the set square?
You have to handle your set square softly and with accuracy without exercising too much pressure on them, only the needed one to avoid movement.

  1. The 45 set square hypotenuse (longest side) is placed attached to the line to which we want to draw the parallels (GUIDE).
  2. The 60-30 set square hypotenuse is attached to the 45 set square leg.
  3. Fix the 60-30 set square and move the 45 set square upwards or downwards drawing the desired parallel lines along its hypotenuse.

If we want to draw perpendicular lines to one direction, we will have to follow the first two steps as stated for parallel lines and then the following ones:
  1. Having fixed the 60-30 set square, the 45 set square is turned until the other leg is attached to the hypotenuse of the 60-30 set square.
  2. Draw the perpendicular line along the hypotenuse of the 45 set square.

Let's review how to draw parallel and perpendicular lines using the triangular set squares.

Link to the task                Example of task

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The first task: Typography - your names

This is a task I like doing when we begin a new course. It let me get to know you, learn your names and, by the way, we work with a "popurrí" of items which will be a review of first of ESO: elements of art and technical drawing (parallelism, perpendicularity, Thales), image, typography, visual elements (dots, lines, shapes, colours, textures), design process, sketching ...

You will see your drawings published in this blog very soon....

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Who are you?

Publishing comments on this blog sometimes will be a task in order to answer a question, give your opinion, do a challenge, ...
Therefore, I want you to begin with the first one:

I would like you to introduce yourselves.

1. Just click on "X comments", under this post.
2. Go to the bottom of the article:
3. Write your name followed by the initial of your surname and your course.
You can tell me about your hobbies or whatever you want to share with us.
Example: Nadia C. 1st A. Hello teacher. My hobbies are basketball and dancing.
4. Publish!
I moderate your comments, so, you will not see it immediately.