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workshops, Lausanne 01 2005, assignment

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daily impressions : day 1 : day 2 : day 3 : day 4
final results : group 'Dream on! : group 'Read on!'

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Manual pixelism
Say goodbye for the digital pixels - be natural, be a true craftsman!

Forget the serious digital pixel fonts for screen - during this week we have only one attribute common with the old-school pixel fonts: we only have one shape which gets repeated thousand times.

The rest of the concept is totally open, and up to you to decide. Perhaps your pixels rotate in a 3D space or perhaps you carve your module into a potato stamp and make new billboards for the grocery store that your neighbor owns? Well, the most important thing is not to get stuck to the geometric grid, but to judge the letterforms with your own eye. Down here everything is explained step by step.

Search for an interesting shape that works well as a repeated module for a 'pixel font'. This one module can be anything, 2 or 3 dimensional, geometric or non-geometric (a lego-brick, a tulip, a mosaic square...).

Collect lots of these modules and start sketching your alphabet. You can sketch directly with your physical modules, or with pen and paper or with the computer. Freak out. Do not stick to a geometric grid, also if your module is geometric based (a square, a circle and so on). Judge the position of the modules with your own eye, do not measure them mathematically.

Once you have defined your alphabet, go and apply your font into a manual, physical environment.

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