The process for 'Mnemonic Type' began as I considered designing a new display typeface based on only a few interchangeable shapes. I was inspired by the typeface designed by Joseph Albers (1886-1976) a teacher at Bauhaus entitled, 'Kombinationschrift' a modular lettering system based upon 10 basic shapes. My typeface is derived from minimal extrusions of circles.
Mnemonic refers to a device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something or designed to aid the memory. The typographic installation is three-dimensional, immersive, designed to transform the perception of the space, and be ephemeral. My goal is to leave a lasting impression in the memory of viewers with a larger than life pattern of typographic letter form exploration.
Using 1,700 straws and connectors, and 770 printed sheets of paper, I constructed the 3-dimensional paper installation. The finished display was about 5-feet tall and 32-feet long. I completed the installation in May of 2015 as a Centrum Artist-In-Residence at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington.