Remy Doornebos
negative / inverted thinking / doppler

Study of typography from the negative space that is designed around the characters.

This two quarter project from Remy Doornebos is a study in one of the most important aspects of graphic design: being aware of negative space. He used his first quarter to research the duality of positive and negative, along with how the lines can be blurred between them. Most of the ways of creating something begin with destroying something else. Engravings are made by carving rock or metal from a material, and tattoos are made from destroying some layers of skin. His education at DePaul led him to understand that negative space is something to be inspected in design work.

This product is 3D printed negative space of the word "thinking" glued onto plexiglass, and spray painted with the word "inverted" over the top of it via a stencil in the Big Shoulders Display font. Although not altogether very readable, the white text that was 3D printed is a typeface he designed from the negative space of gotham. In order to get the forms present, he decided that as a general rule, there would be four different pieces for each letter's negative space. In this way a line from the typeface (sometimes modified so as not to include counters, see the uppercase G for example), two transitional lines, and then one straight line that could be used to easily tessellate the negative space and keep a consistent distance between letters.

Remy P. Doornebos
Remy P Doornebos is a 4th year graphic design student at DePaul university. In addition to a deep interest in graphics / communication design, he also has a strong connection to physical making and industrial design. Lab moderator at DePaul’s makerspace the Idea Realization Lab.

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