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2015–2017. Adobe Illustrator artwork.
These are a series of posters I've made for various digital humanities-related events happening at Stanford University over the past few years.
Notes on Micromégas:
The Literary Lab commissioned a poster for a conference they hosted at the beginning of 2015. A subject like textual analysis and the digital humanities defies easy/obvious visual representation. Not surprisingly, we went through several design iterations before arriving at the solution above. Drawings developed by Daniel Libeskind in the late 1970s provided a more obvious (and visually stunning) choice for something called Micromégas, particularly since written language and architecture share a reliance on syntax and grammar to organize components into coherent forms. Alas, with a limited amount of time at our disposal, we were not able to secure permission to use one of the drawings in the poster, and we promptly returned to the drawing board.
Subsequent designs explored fractal patterns, Ames room optical illusions, and a Fibonacci spiral. This last option proved the most elegant, and provided an interesting layout in which to reorganize text in less conventional ways. The final design was distributed both electronically and with printed copies.
Notes on Russian Formalism in the Digital Humanities:
This is a poster I completed for the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford University, which hosted a conference that examined the ways in which patterns can be found in language (specifically texts) — repeating sounds, word clusters, among others — and the relationship of this evolving work to Russian Formalism. The client indicated an interest in posters with typographic and constructivist themes, but since the conference discussed Russian ideas (and not strictly Soviet ones), we opted to tone down the constructivist influence. The Futura typeface felt period appropriate while remaining clean. The visual analogy — a book transitioning to digits — could be overbearing if not dropped back to let the text come forward.
Both print- and screen-resolution versions were produced to facilitate distribution across multiple channels.