Rematerialising Typography

RMIT Master of Communication Design - Thesis
Category: Generative Type Design, Publication Design
Format: 1028pp publication, Linen Hardcover & Letterpress
Bound: Melbourne School of Book Binding
Year: 2022


My thesis investigated the question “How can Generative Design influence typography and transcend a digital format into a tangible setting?” which bridged my interests between typography, publication, digital and print design.

Establishing coding skills at the beginning of this practice-based thesis turned the project towards human-computer collaboration methodologies and literature involving cybernetics. Later to represent the typographic findings in 2 forms of artefacts, the first being this publication.


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Using scripts I was able to build and semi-automate the publication layout process and complete it within 4 days. 122 type families were developed and exported which included all alphanumeric characters and selected symbols in both serif and sans-serif typefaces.

These characters were displayed across 1028 pages, in a style that allows readers to compare and contrast all 16592 characters.

Rematerialising Typography was based on principles of tangible design holding more value in terms of sentimentality and collectability in comparison to digital design. This can be seen in the limited edition sales and collector's items of printed type specimens and the historical typography publication called “Pantographia: Containing Accurate Copies of All the Known Alphabets in the World” published in 1799.