Jillian Nalezny

Dendrography is a typeface or series of symbols made from the natural patterns found in trees, specifically tree rings. It is using nature in its most organic form to go back to the simpler ways of communicating, through imagery and symbols. This is a speculative project based on the idea that technology is growing at a rapid pace with the consequence of security and privacy being practically non-existent. This book explores the possibilities and functions of an image-based typeface for future communication.

This project focuses on the creation of a typeface from natural forms and patterns found in nature, specifically trees. It is in the format of a book that acts as a guide to the typeface showing its properties, history, purpose, uses, and examples of it working with the world. This typeface is less of an alphabet and more a series of symbols that would theoretically be used to communicate when communication may be limited. 

This is a speculation based on the idea that with the increase of technology, privacy and security will be practically non-existent, so alternative forms of communication may be needed. Dendrography is using nature in its most organic form to go back to the simpler ways of communicating, through imagery and symbols. As trees produce organic patterns that show age and climate, dendrography illustrates messages in a natural way using the form of rings.

Jillian Nalezny
Jillian is a graphic designer in Chicago interested in branding and packaging design. She likes to incorporate bold typography and illustration into her work. Born with a love for anything and everything creative, she often finds inspiration experimenting with different forms of art and taking on new hobbies. Her latest creative obsessions include expanding her plant collection, watercolor painting, and bread baking.

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