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This is a font that I have created as part of a project at UWE. We were given a list of words to choose from that would inspire our font. I chose the word 'decay' and chose to research into urban decay as well as general decaying objects and buildings. Each letter of my font relates closely to a photograph that I have taken as inspiration, I think this way the letters look more like the realistic object that they are meant to represent.
Info: Created on 8th October 2011 . Last edited on 8th November 2011.
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You have a really cool font here and some great individual letters.

However, I'm not really seeing any "decay".
Comment by aphoria 8th November 2011
@aphoria: I have a different take on this fontstruction.

First, as an aside, I think we fsers are proving ourselves a rather literal bunch when it comes to assessing some of these UWE contributions.

It seems obvious that these word selections are meant as a point of inspiration and departure, not a thesis or systematic constraint. The real assignment is to create a worthy typographic creation from there – one that then can be used to create specimen books.

Truly, Design (and not typography, per se) – this craft UWE students are pursuing – is work that must satisfy both the client and the brief. But it is also an artistic journey so often potentiated by free-associate, leaps of logic, and willingness to make mistakes. What we should ask is not: Does this literally work? We should ask: How does this make me feel?

Does our personal language of synesthesia and symbolic association translate well to our audience? Do we inspire new thoughts and attitudes that shape human intercourse?

Second, and with all that said, I want to add to Elizabeth: I get it. You have both elicited and alluded to urban decay on many levels.

I especially enjoy the following juxtapositions: outmoded and abandoned architectural styles vs. modernism in design and industry (professional/intellectual decay); construction materials in various levels of decay/disrepair (wood vs. stone vs. metal); inner vs. outer, facade vs. mechanical (social decay); and cityscape vs. organic forms (environmental decay). The subtle arc between pure mechanical and geometric forms (A, D, I, L, M, T, V, Z) ~> the twisting pipes and wiring, the haphazard repair jobs that accumulate within them (B, E, F, K, Q, U, X, Y) ~> and the natural decay which is always at once the place where the living world returns to life renewed vigor and such exquisite diversity (C, G, O) ...

This thematic arc evokes a timely and important message, lending style to the voice of this haunting commentary on your inspiration: Urban Decay. Well done!
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 8th November 2011
P.S. You may want to increase the extent of the [space] character. Words are running together right now in the preview widget.
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 8th November 2011
@will.i.ૐ po-tay-to, po-tah-to

I did say I like the font and it is good work.

But, I don't see decay. I might say C, G, and O are organic...but, no decay present.
Comment by aphoria 9th November 2011

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