Coexisting Letterforms

Photography / Material / Exhibition

Creating a new object out of something else entirely sounds like a fun and simple task. However, when that task is to make letterforms out of everyday objects and material, the constraints widen as the potential for discovery multiplies. The relationship between the tactile property of an object and its appearance was one thing I focused on throughout the project's duration.

Design is about relationships…the relationship between form and content.
—Paul Rand

In order to narrow down the materials I wanted to use, I first created a list of synthetic vs organic objects. I was inspired by items that differed in textures and color but could still stand side-by-side together in harmony. In addition, I generated a list of touchstone words that I wanted this project to represent. These ideas would help guide the creative decisions and motivation behind the design.

Coexisting Letterforms

Accidental Discovery

Picking one item each from the synthetic and organic list, I chose to work with tin foil and water. With the initial photographs I took shots of water droplets placed indoors, under a light table, during the early afternoon, and around midnight. After analyzing the lighting and composition of these photos, I wasn't sure if I was successful in capturing the captivating. Instead, I decided to take additional photos during the sunset hour and, thus, found magic.

Coexisting Letterforms

Piecing Together a Whole

After additional experiments with water's properties, I decided on nine photographs that best represented my process and also worked cohesively and visually. From this project, I learned that you can't really plan beauty; the only way that you can find it is to be willing to seek it out.

Coexisting Letterforms


Tin foil, water, plastic eye dropper, DSLR camera, Adobe Photoshop, the amazing "golden hour"

View the project's process manual here.