Friday, July 11, 2008

Text as Art and Visual Verbage

Friday July 11, 2008

Welcome and a most jolly July to all! It's Friday once more and the topic is
text as a visual art. A very early example of combining text and graphics into a single artistic statement is the art of illuminated manuscripts. The handwritten letters were embellished with beautiful patterns and decorations that blended illustration with calligraphy. Concrete Poetry is a form in which the placement of the words on the printed page is used to convey and accentuate the poetic content. Concrete poetry evolved into (and overlaps) a form known as Visual Poetry in which the text may form an image, further reinforcing the intent. A modern web-page is an example of how content and style interact and combine. The idea is to emphasize the words by selecting their placement, font, size/weight, color and other attributes. The good news for those wanting to create their own visual/concrete poetic masterpiece is that it takes little more than a PC and a decent word processing or publishing program. Try composing an ode to nature in the shape of a tree or a minimalist sonnet that forms a neat triangle or square of text.

The picture of the week was created using Project Dogwaffle.

Click on the image for a full-sized view

The loops of the week are a set of drum/percussion parts.

Send your comments and feedback and I’ll read it all and respond to some of
it. Bye for now!