Today, I have a fun creative prompt from the book Playing with Type: 50 graphic experiments for exploring typographic design principles.
Pick two opposite words and combine them in a fun way.
Here are two examples: Solid and hollow that are drawn like a solid object with the word hollow being the holes in the 3D letters.
The second example is made with those little melting beads kids play with which spells true and false.
So not only can you choose opposite words to exemplify their meaning when you draw them, try making the two words out of an unusual material.
Click on this page from Playing with Type and choose from the list of word pairs or pick 2 of your own and try drawing them thogther in your art or simply doodle them during your next down time.
More about the Rockport book:
Playing with Type is a hands-on, playful approach to learning type application and principles. This engaging guide begins with an introduction to the philosophy of learning through the process of play. Along with a series of experimental design projects with an emphasis on type, the author provides designers with a “toolkit” of ideas and skills developed through the process of play. The awareness and sensitivity to type styles, forms, and type choices gained through these visual experiments will increase the designer’s confidence in their personal and professional work. This book can be used in the classroom or independently, and readers can go directly to exercises that appeal to them.
Lara McCormick completed her MFA in design from the School of Visual Arts, and has a post-graduate degree in typography from Cooper Union. She is currently the Graphic Design Chair at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She is obsessed with all things type and is constantly looking to push it in new directions. She lives in Manchester, NH. Visit her online at http://www.laramc.com.