To explore the topic of typography and symbolism, I have decided to do more visual research. The artworks of Victor Koen that basically represent an illustrated alphabet, where the objects are transformed into letters and letters into toys, have helped me to develop the next stage of my investigation (Viktorkoen.com., 2016).
To start with, what I like about his project, is that it is visible how symbolic signs (of war, science and future) can make the meaning of the words be obvious without necessity to read. It feels that intertwined relationship of culture and identity has been depicted through design in this case (Farahani et al, 2016). This observation has given me an idea to explore the origins of typography, focusing on what it used to mean with regard to history and and how this meaning around the type has been developed.
Mahmoudi Farahani, L., Motamed, B. and Jamei, E. (2016). Persian Gardens: Meanings, Symbolism, and Design. Landscape Online, [online] pp.1-19. Available at: http://www.landscapeonline.de/wp-content/uploads/DOI103097-LO201646.pdf [Accessed 25 Sep. 2016].
Viktorkoen.com. (2016). ViktorKoen.com – HOME. [online] Available at: http://www.viktorkoen.com [Accessed 25 Sep. 2016].