Work in Progress
Advanced technologies—3D modeling software and 3D printers—are valuable tools to experiment with as the field of graphic design evolves. Rhode Island School of Design not only encourages creative exploration but also the utilization of the school’s exceptional resources.
My objective this summer was to utilize 3D technology at Co–Works fabrication lab. I fabricated woodblock type to be utilized in the Vandercook Letterpress machine located in RISD’s Type Shop.
One of the early principal uses of wood block type in the United States was in the production of posters that encouraged westward expansion of the country. Visual communication promoted this migration of citizens. Today, there is a comparable movement focused on space exploration for potential human settlements.
This project, inspired by the historical use of wood type, seeks to develop a speculative visual identity for upcoming space missions. I examined imagery and typography found in western expansion propaganda and space-age visual materials. I recognized the use of typefaces—Microgramma , Eurostyle , Gill Sans , and California Zephir —to evoke space, speed, and movement.
Space Mission Posters
Posters were produced using the designed typeface and imagery inspired by the proposed space missions of the European Space Agency and NASA .
Wood block type must be no greater than the standard letterpress height of .918 ”. It was traditionally fabricated from a single piece of wood. To be true to the craft and increase
durability, I decided to fabricate the blocks from a raw piece of cherry, poplar and mahoganny wood, 2” in height. In addition to woodblock fabrication, I further applied the original typeface in the production of innovative printed materials.