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In Type Experiment, Upper- And Lower-Case Transformation

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New York-based communication designer Tien-Min Liao recently completed a project called 'Handmade Type'.

The project explores the relationship between lower-case and upper-case letters of the alphabet. Intriguingly, Liao also chronicles the transformation process between the cases.

When asked to describe the process from her perspective, Liao stated that the experiment involved her drawing shapes with ink "on one or both of [her] hands, manipulating [her] gestures into the corresponding shape to signify an upper-case letter." Then, using the same shape drawn on her hands, she then manipulated her gesture or "changed the perspective through which the shape [was] viewed in order to transform the upper-case letter to a lower-case of the same letter."

Crucially, Liao did not allow herself to remove or redraw the darkened shape on her hands during the experiment. The only way the model could transform from an upper-case to a lower-case (or vice versa) was via her changing the gestures or perspectives.


[via, images via Tien-Min Liao]
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