Space Lapse

Lettering and graphic design for the RCA Sculpture's delayed graduation show.

The words 'Space Lapse' are rendered in soft, black pixels.

For the main lettering, I rendered the title of the show on a 5x3 grid. I looked at a number of references for this: This 1968 poster by Wim Crowel was on my mind. I also like the soft cuts of MD Eight, and my lettering shares the 5x3 grid with Tiny.

After I had worked out the letterforms on paper, I wrote a Drawbot script to produce the vectors. This is the first time I've used Drawbot for production work, and it felt great. There's something exciting about leaving standard design software behind and applying a whole new toolchain to a real-world design problem.

Building the lettering with code allowed me to produce things like an animated version of the lettering very easily, just by changing a few input variables.

The supporting typeface is Everson Mono by Michael Everson.

The words 'Space Lapse' are rendered in black pixels. They shift upwards in a continuous loop.
Poster with large, pixelated lettering spelling out the words 'Space Lapse' and smaller type

The show announcement is up on the Royal Society of Sculptor's website, and the sourcecode for the identity is on Github.