The assignment was to create an opening spread for an article that was given to us titled "Forget the Computer - Here's Why you Should Write and Design by Hand" by Herbert Lui. By taking inspiration from the content of the article, we were tasked to create a two page spread that provokes interest and visually communicates the idea of the headline.
My creative process began at the thumbnail stage where I focused on how I could present typography in an unconventional way. I decided to focus on using hand drawn type as the starting point. I came up with the idea to create the type out of eraser bits after exploring how the word "forget" can be interpreted, as in "erased from memory". Taking this in a literal sense, I pictured a person erasing part of a brain in order to "forget the computer". After sketching typography that I believed that would be adaptable to piles of eraser bits, I got to erasing a blank sheet of paper until I had what I thought would be enough and then some. I carefully traced the letters with eraser bits and photographed them along with a hand drawn sketch of a brain and some images of my hand in motion. I then placed these together using Indesign and Photoshop until I arranged the final layout.
I found the project to be successful in that I received overwhelming positive feedback from my instructors and classmates. They stated that they were immediately drawn to the typography I created out of eraser bits and were pleased with the outcome and curious about the process. I was commended by my instructor on the work ethic and attention to detail it took to create the layout.