April 28, 2019No Comments

HEL P

I took this photo during one of my favorite times in life while living in Milan, Italy. It was a transitional time where I had submitted papers to the government to perform a near miracle — the conversion of a student Visa into a work Visa. I had found and secured a full time teaching job at a prominent Art Academy complete with a contract with the provision that I complete the necessary paperwork before summer break. It was a race against time when this photo was taken as I waited for the Italian government to perform the conversion. If this nearly miraculous event didn't take place it meant I would have to abandon my ultimate dream of living and working in Italy and most likely have to return to the US. I was at the pinnacle of anxiety as I was waiting to cross the street when this typographic opportunity presented itself.

April 28, 2019No Comments

Attention to Kerning

I am often surprised at the unexpected ways I encounter typography as I go about my everyday life. A couple years ago I was in Sharm Al Sheikh, Egypt, walking around the resort where I was staying when I came upon these shrubs. As I neared, the perspective gradually exposed highly manicured segments, which then exposed letterforms. The shrubs of the landscape were pruned into the name of the Beach Resort, "TAMRA." As a typography instructor, I appreciate the care given to the consistency of cap-heights, and (relative) uniformity of the stroke widths and proportions. The overall resulting attitude of the shrubbery's "typeface" fits the resort as well with its friendly, rounded characters and slightly chubby strokes.

April 27, 2019No Comments

Most Beautiful Darling

A few years ago I was experimenting with watercolor landscapes incorporating typography when I ran across a poem by E. E. Cummings. It brought to mind some of the landscapes I previously photographed for future paintings and wanted to experiment with type. I printed out the poem and cut out each letter. I taped the counters and some of the letters off to the side for future use. I was working on the kitchen table but had to move the project elsewhere while I ate lunch and temporarily taped it to the window until I could finish cutting out the letters. The poem stencil stayed up on the window for a couple of days. As I lived with it I observed that the shifting daylight changed the way it looked dramatically throughout the day. I liked the way that the outside activity was blocked by the letter shapes, only allowing minimal detail to be seen. I also liked how the counters and other letter shapes are (randomly) composed around the piece in shadow form.

April 27, 2019No Comments

Scusa…

Scusa…

Scusa means "excuse me" in Italian. When walking around Rome I passed this grafitti. The building was a residential apartment block, not a political building, not anything that contains a reason for reaction with grafitti. The photo felt composed as though all I had to do is point and shoot. The message, "scusa…" complete with elipsis, struck me as humorous. Excuse me… what? Hand drawn in red, an urgent message for us all to slow down and observe.

April 8, 2019No Comments

Le Strade per Progettare i Principi (The Roads to Design Principles)

Walking outside of a small mideaval village a couple summers ago I came across this sign. It was a thing of beauty. There was so much going on in this sign that was visually surprising. It demostrates the principles of art and design all at once.
Balance The names of the cities, one in upper right and the other lower left.
Contrast The random blue letters create an interesting contrast from the white letters. 
Movement Most obviously the curved arrow. Also the way the viewer reads from the upper right, down the vertical stroke and to the left of the second city name.
Pattern The vertical dripping erosion of the blue paint creates a deliberate looking surface distress.
Rhythm Through happenstance, there are six "A"s that create the likeness of small arrows and the fact that they are all white helps emphasize the rhythm.
Unity + Variety All elements are contained within a square, thus unifying all of the variables. The type is the same type however one is in upper right corner and the other is lower left, similar yet different, especially considering the blue letters which add another layer of variety.

THE WORLD IS FULL OF ORDINARY VISUAL DESIGN, WHY NOT EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED?

THE WORLD IS FULL OF ORDINARY VISUAL DESIGN, WHY NOT EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED?

THE WORLD IS FULL OF ORDINARY VISUAL DESIGN, WHY NOT EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED?

THE WORLD IS FULL OF ORDINARY VISUAL DESIGN, WHY NOT EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED?

THE WORLD IS FULL OF ORDINARY VISUAL DESIGN, WHY NOT EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED?

Say hello! Like something you saw? Want to comment? Interested in doing business? Drop me a line at emilieburnham@me.com

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@2019 Emilie Burnham

@2019 Emilie Burnham

@2019 Emilie Burnham

@2019 Emilie Burnham