Category Archives: 03c_Seconadary_Visual_Research (Dimensional Typography in Model Making and Installations)

Graffiti Research Lab – LASER Tag

The project demonstrated in this video, brought to us by Graffiti Research Lab.

What I find very interesting here is that not only that the image is brought to the viewer by means of light, it also includes a human interaction element which is an introduction of fifth dimension, where the development of the events could take multiple ammount of conclusions.


Stereo.type by Ebon Heath

Brooklyn-based graphic designer Ebon Heath exhibited a series of typographic mobiles called Stereo.type in Dubai. Heath hand-cuts thousands of letters from Tyvek and assembles them on fishing wire to form lyrics from songs, poems, and other passages of text.

Stereo.type: a typographic ballet

Stereo.type explores the balance between an individual’s internal voice and that consumed via visual osmosis from the surrounding environment. Grown in opposition to urban ‘noise’ created through advertising mediums in the modern day landscape, stereo.type explores the written word.

The fusion between typography and body language in kinetic typographic mobiles. The liberation of type from the two dimensional page to dance a duet with its author. This project has evolved from extensive research and conceptual development to its present incarnation of exhibits, and a soon to be released retail collection. The Typograhic Mobile sculptures give typography a physical form away from the traditional boundaries of a page. Basic geometric shapes burst into theatrical structures of cut letters, choreographed to reflect the kinetic power of language unleashed.

The idea and technique that artist uses fits perfectly into this project. Using paper cut letters and fishing string to illustrate the text of the novel in some eye-catching composition could work really well and could be captured in many different ways using photography. Seems like a very flexible platform that will allow for a lot of creative outputs.

Qualities Needed by Courriette Schoenaerts

Here are some illustrations showing the outcome of a campaign for the Ultretched School of the Arts by Courriette Schoenaerts.

"Fantasie" by Corriette Schoenaerts

What do I find interesting here? Designer uses light as a media, the letter forms shown are formed by either projection or with use of LED and lamps. Light is the only thing that exists in many dimensions as it does not have form , shape or mass!Because we live in 4 dimensional world it might be useful to present typography in non-dimensional space using light projections of type over moving objects.

From A to Z and Much More

thios is a 3-dimensional typographic drawing game. This game allows to create typographic forms and draw in 3D. This type of concept could be well applied to the project -creating a board game that explains the concept of “Flatlands” in a form of the game.

by Alban Courtine

Stereo Graphics

Going beyond the 2-dimensional (2-D) world back-lit screens, modern image makers are getting their hands dirty making products of graphic quality and dabbling with spacial layout for their final design using paper, wires foam boards and other objects.

Here is a collection of an extracted material from a book called “Stereo Graphics: Graphics in New Dimension” that i found very interesting.

"2008 Quebec annual graphic design studios guide, 2008" by Julien Vallée Grafika

In this work Jullien Vollee has used paper to create a very dynamic composition that represents the merge of 2D and 3D. What i find most interesting here, that in the title “Guide Annuel” he uses the natural thickness of the paper it self in combination with camera perspective to create the weight of the font.

Next example is another work by Jean Jullien, Unlike in the first instance here the author used 2D hand rendered type that is situated in 3D environment.

"Cliche Future" by Jean Jullien

Sweeden Graphics has created this bus stop advert for VI Magazine. Using combination, of paper cut type, Photography and digital 3d renders, designer has successfully mixed 2 and 3-dimensional type, creating a very strong illusion of a 2-d media of how it could work in 3D.


Zumtobel by Emillie Rigaud.

This fictive report has been made for Zumtobel, a real Austrian lighting company.
The text is considered here as a raw material: the typographic texture becomes lighter and lighter, then the number of words per page decreases, until the pages become totally white and finally there is nothing left but the intrinsic luminosity of the paper.
The volume letters composing the name “Zumtobel” give rhythm to the book in a playful way, but at the same time they repeat and glorify this name with a bit of irony, as company reports seem to display excessively company’s pride.

What I like in this work is that designer has explored the use of space and how typography made in 3D paper folds interacts with the environment around it.

"Zumtobe" by Emilie Rigaud

"Zumtobe" by Emilie Rigaud

“There is No Why” by Alida Sayer (4d Typography in 3D)

This is a work taken from an exhibition of an artist named Alida Sayer.
I think it is very relevant to the project as it deals with Typography represented in four dimensions using a number o different techniques.
Here is what an artist says herself about the exhibition “In this body of work, inspired by the novel Slaughterhouse-Five … I use projections, printing and hand-cutting processes to explore the question of how we visualise time. The stacking or layering of paper and perspex are just some of the creative strategies I use to communicate a simultaneous vision of past, present and future: a three-dimensional approach to distilling the essence of a four-dimensional universe.”

Photos and information taken from Eye Magazine Blog @

"Here We Are" by Alida Sayer

"They couldn't imagine" by Alida Sayer

"All Moments" by Alida Sayer

"The creatures were friendly" by Alida Sayer

"There is no begining" by Alida Sayer. Photo by Phil Sayer