Researching Dialect & Accents

My initial idea I am hoping to develop for my Conversation project is to create a series of illustrated typography designs which reflect how someone has said something. I want to be able to show the tone, accent and essence of the speech and so I have researched into how colour, type, and design can say something with meaning. Now I want to look into dialect and the difference against accents. This is because I when someone reads my typography piece, I want them to read it in the exact way it was spoken. Here I have found a clear explanation of the difference between the two meanings:

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If you would like to see an example of this, I found plenty on the Dialect Blog. Here basically holds a library of various accents and dialects, explaining each with text and info graphs. This could come in very useful in this project and there is so many different aspects they talk about. After clearing up the meanings, I will be researching into people’s accents and translating them into the most appropriate dialog. As I am originally from Barnsley, I know my accent pretty well. Yorkshire appears to have their own humorous language due to how strong it often comes across. This gives me plenty of quotes, sayings and figures of speech to think about. I will also be going out into busy public areas and listening to the accents around me, jotting them down for inspiration and research purposes. I feel this will be a good area to base it around as my University is also based in Yorkshire, giving me a wide target market that will be able to relate to my work.

E4 E-Sting: Poster Development


These are my developed design idea’s for the E-String poster project. Although I don’t feel very confident about working with 3D programming, I have decided to take on the challenge of the left hand design. I feel it has much more character to the image as the typography fits in with the food theme (it is supposed to look like sauce/ketchup). This will allow me to also experiment with using different textures and surfaces in Cinema 4D, such as adding shine for a liquid effect. The right hand side would have been much easier to create a blocky text, however I feel it isn’t as unique, wacky or powerful as the other design. I am looking forward to the next E4 workshop with Jay when I will be able to begin building my final design idea digitally.

Marc Johns

Marc Johns is an illustrator who creates small watercolour and pen drawings that are often silly and non-sense. He has created visuals for companies such as Google, Wired and Tommy Hilfiger. I decided to look at his work because it has a very simplistic and friendly feel to it. I enjoy how he captions each illustration with a wacky comment to support the design. In relation to my project, I am thinking about illustrating dialect and feel this is quite inspiring to the style I could take. I would however like there to be more to the image; possibly more use of stronger┬átype rather than minimalistic, small with lots of white space. I have really taken an interest in the hand-ons approach and feel this will create a much more intreguing outcome. Johns uses quite a literal and humorous approach with his imagery, where as I’d like to represent the essence of the tone and voice in a more professional manner which the audience can relate to.

I recently took a visit to the library and came across a couple typography books that sparked some inspiration. ‘new illustration with TYPE’ by Martin Dawber and ‘Hand Job’ a catalog of type by Michael Perry. Both of these combined the had very interesting visuals, mainly involving hand drawn designs. Below I picked out some typography that I felt hand very supportive visuals in comparison to their messages. I particularly felt inspired by the ‘Okay okay.. alright’ image as this is the style I have had in mind. My idea is to create a set of illustrations and typographic pieces of dialect which show the essence of the tone and context of the conversations.

Speaking through Typography

Below are some quick examples of how I see ‘Speaking through type’. All have a very illustrative approach which I feel supports the text given. The ‘Hot’ example is a really obvious one, basically illustrating the word by it’s meaning. This is a very simplistic approach physically speaking and I feel this could be something fun to play around with. The ‘Yes maybe no’ example is illustrated in a different way. It almost shows the meaning but in a more subtle way which makes you think about the design and making it’s meaning more obvious. The final image is just illustrated type which gives you an essence of the quote. It shows the happy child like side in the first half the text, then presents another metaphorical meaning through visuals in the second half. These are ideas I will consider when creating thumbnail initial ideas, showing different approaches I could take. This will help me to decide which gives a stronger purpose to my chosen theme.

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The Physchology of Typography

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Here are two infographs I came across which quickly summerise which typefaces are related to which emotions and characteristics. I find this very helpful and it has saved me alot of time having to create this myself. I can now go onto looking at existing uses of communicating messages using visual type and how I can relate this to my brief.