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Mod-Type

GDES 211 Type 1, VCUQatar

Faculty leader

Basma Hamdy and Denielle Emans, Assistant Professors

Student participants

Aisha Khaled A Al-Saad, Ala'Zahed Ragheb Bata, Alisha Rehamuddin Saiyed, Amena Mohamed Al-Darwish Fakhro, Dana Ahmad Al-Hamad, Eiman Saleh Al-Mansouri, Eman Osama Mohamed Al-Jailay, Hissa Yousuf Fakhroo, Maha Mohammed Al-Naemi, Mahmoud Masoud, Manar Abdulla Hashim, Mariyam Farouk Saleh Al-Adawy, Maryam Yousef, Nikko Paat Brillantes, Rabeya Khatoon, Wadha Abdulaziz Al-Thani

Throughout this project, students engaged in a design process that utilized modules to generate a typeface where constants and variables are balanced through experimentation and serendipity. Modular design is an approach that subdivides a system into smaller parts, or ‘modules,’ that are independently created, then used in systems to drive multiple functionalities. A modular system can be characterized by partitioning into discrete, scalable, reusable modules consisting of isolated, self-contained functional elements.

Mod-Type asked Type 1 GDES students to utilize the environment, city, and/or immediate surroundings as a grid structure for a modular typeface. Using this found grid system, students were able to create, from concept to final execution, a working typeface using the software application Glyphs. Following the completion of the typeface, students developed a type specimen poster, a three-dimensional object, a miniature book, and a spatial realization of their modular typeface. Highlighting the fun, wondrous, and playful aspects of typography, this 3ajeeb! experimentation allowed students to develop design through a process that transitions from digital to manual, and back again.