Through getting into the habit of regularly posting my artwork on this blog as part of my university coursework, I decided I wanted to explain my online presence further by setting up additional accounts for my work on various websites. This would help me to promote my work and allow it to be seen by the public.
As part of the process for creating these accounts I made a simple monogram using my initials ‘IG’ which can be used as the avatars and logos for these online accounts, also possibly as a watermark on the work that I post online. To create this monogram I hand wrote my initials in Adobe Photoshop using a graphics tablet, and saved the image as a JPEG. I then took this file into Adobe Illustrator where I used the trace function to turn my design into a vector, this is so that my design can be used in various formats and at various scales whilst still maintaining quality. Once the image was a vector I neatened some of the edges using the pen tool and finally exported my design as a PNG, a positive to exporting as a PNG is that you can export the image with a transparent background which is useful for a logo as it will need to applied to many different formats. My final design can be seen above.
The reason I chose to handwrite my initials was not simply because it was quick and easy to do. For years I have been told that I have very distinctive handwriting which is very recognisable as belonging to me, by using my own handwriting as my monogram I can ensure that it is personal and recognisable as my own. A personal project I had always wanted to take on would be to create a font from my handwriting, before this seemed a daunting task as I had very little knowledge of typography, however as my knowledge has grown through various university briefs I now see the job as feasible. Furthermore during one of the group critiques at the beginning of the year for ‘Type is Visual Speech‘ another student had created their own font, and the tutors suggested to them to put the font into the context of a font poster. A font poster is produced to promote new fonts created by designers, therefore creating one would be a fitting final outcome for this self initiated project.