(Ir)Regularity

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This chapter explores the nature and communicative uses of irregular and distressed shapes in graphics. Its argument begins with a paradox.

Consider the three graphic structures depicted as Figure 9.1a and 9.1b. While all three-depending on the situation-express the concept of ‘circle’ or ‘round’, they look distinctly different. Figure 9.1a has a clean, regular outline whereas the outline of Figure 9.1b is distressed and irregular, showing many little dips, bumps and streaks. Figure 9.1c, on casual inspection, appears regular, but attention to detail reveals many little irregularities. We produced the three circles ourselves using Adobe’s vector-based Illustrator software for Figure 9.1a and a cheap, flat 1-inch paintbrush and watereddown black acrylic paint on plain white 100-gram photocopy paper for Figures 9.1b and 9.1c. Neither of the first two marks, Figures 9.1a and 9.1b, took particular effort to produce. Figure 9.1c, however, took considerable effort.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelThe Materiality of Writing : A Trace Making Perspective
RedaktørerChristian Mosbæk Johannessen, Theo van Leeuwen
UdgivelsesstedNew York
ForlagRoutledge
Publikationsdato2018
Sider175-192
Kapitel9
ISBN (Trykt)9781138679726
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781315537306
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018
NavnRoutledge Studies in Multimodality
Vol/bind20

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