Tribute type design and animation
This self-initiated photographic, type design, and animation project pays tribute to the visionary works of late Swiss surrealist painter, H.R. Giger.
The project began as a series of digital manipulations applied to a photograph I took of grungy architectural details in the DC Metro underground subway system, and evolved to include type design and an animation that subtly references the opening title sequence of the 1979 Sci-fi thriller, Alien — in which H.R. Giger's designs were featured heavily.
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The creative catalyst for this project was the culmination of multiple rounds of digital editing and manipulation of a photograph I took of gritty Brutalist style architectural details in the DC Metro underground subway system.
After several rounds of editing, I noticed an unintentional emergence of Giger's signature dark, "biomechanical" aesthetic — which was very interesting to me — so I pushed further into this territory. When I was happy with the editing results, I realized there was opportunity to pay tribute to Giger's revolutionary work by using this image as the basis of a larger scope of creative work. It was then that I decided to set Giger's name in a custom built typeface, and build a dramatic animation around it.
Original sketches of the Giger type design.
Electronic type development
Final design details
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