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I'm a graphic design student and have just started my final year. In this year we have to do a major project which runs in two parts over the year, first part (where i am now) is research based and the second is the studio practice and actually designing something that has come out of this research.
My topic from the end of last year was expressive type and legibility, with questions like does type need to be read to communicate ideas etc. From this i was told i need to ask harder questions and "go much deeper and in more fresh, even idiosyncratic directions with your research."
i am interested in the development of type like how it started purely as a function - a way to communicate but is now an important means of communication and can show visual evidence of thought and emotion.
But i need something else to apply type to or some sort of social issue etc....which is what im really stuck with so please help if you have any ideas or thoughts, it would really be appreciated!
some examples from other students :
ballroom dancing - showing the movement and dance through type
and someone last year redid a book of personal letters (cant remember the book title or by who) in a typographic way.