How do you convey complex information through the most minimal means so that you depend more heavily on the structural and spatial uses of typography? In this case, organizing every live event played by a prolific musician who works solo, in groups and in one-off collaborations using the following parameters:
- One typeface/font.
- One weight (only roman or bold or italic, etc).
- One size (any size of your choice, but all type must be the same size).
- No underlining, strike-through or similar “effect”.
- All leading, paragraph and letter spacing is allowed.
- All punctuation is allowed.
- Black type on white paper. No bleeds.
This was an assignment I gave my Typography Studio class in 2012. If the timing works out I’ll occasionally do the in-class projects I assign. On this day timing worked out and I was able to join the class and spend a couple of hours on it.
I managed to get it to a point of refinement and order where I still like it 3 years later. For my students this was stage one of a larger project. Once they had this skeleton in place they then added a new element each week: type variation (size differences, weights, additional fonts), followed by color and finally the inclusion of graphic shapes.