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type III / tender buttons // further further experimentation

type III / tender buttons // further further experimentation
September 9, 2013 nick howland

First off, a quick summary of what I understand my selection of Gertrude Stein’s Food poems to be about: From reading and reading and re-reading, I have found my selection of poems to not be about the words themselves or any kind of connotative, logical meaning (though) they can be used for typographic emphasis), but more so about the rhythm and personal feeling that the poems evoke. For myself, due largely to the heavy repetition found within the poems, I continued to feel a strong connection with the poems to a consumerist culture craving more and more and more. Repetition will be the key to the designs. If possible, and this possibility will reveal itself with further experimentation, I would love to further (further further further) analyze the poems and count up the repeated words to try and find further patterns. It would be mighty interesting if I could present these poems in a super connotative, infographic  kind of way. Infographic poetry! Huzzah!!

As I continue to dive into Gertrude Stein’s Tender buttons and experiment with the alternate form making, I began to take my idea of repetition and take it to a different medium. The images that follow show my experimentation with the letterpress. Most are just experiments with analog process but one begins to layer multiple media types to produce repetition in a different way as well as shows a way to emphasis certain words or phrases found within the text. It may be quite interesting to combine the digital form making I experimented with earlier (specifically the half-tone scans) with the letter pressing of this round. Possibly with body copy being created with a typewriter.

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