Broadsided DIY 101
Below are 2 class assignments given out in the Digital Imaging class to prepare students for discussion about the dynamics of word and image interactions.
Preparatory Exercise: Visual Weight of Words
Assignment: Text as Image
Problem: You are challenged to enhance the VIEWING experience of a found or created text through creative layout and word distribution/disruption
Process: You will begin by choosing at least one document (not just a quote) to include in your composition—a poem, a short story, song lyrics, multiple poems, etc. that you find appealing in some way. This text will then be transformed into a dynamic, visually appealing composition using font variations, size relationships, text placement, text deconstruction, layering and so on...
Options are endless, but text is to be your only mark-making tool so find ways to use it to your advantage. In the creating process, pay close attention to the way you deal with negative space and positive shape interactions; be sure your decisions help viewers negotiate this new reading plane. Giving viewers a clear path to move through, to stop and reflect, or even to disturb them will create the dynamic rhythm in which they will follow through your enhanced framework.
Work to push your design beyond an "easy read" into something unexpected—build up your text, repeat all of it or just key words, incorporate color schemes, work in multiple frames, etc....
Your final image should be presented in the strongest presentation format for desired viewing effect. Consider your options… Be creative.
Compiled by Stacy Isenbarger, Assistant Professor, Art + Design Program, University of Idaho