This publication aimed to explore conventional representations of poetic prose and how experimental uses of typography can affect it. Can typography assist in assigning meaning to text, or adding emotion? And if so, what is the potential of ‘text as image’ as a medium to communicate? Certain words and images can resonate differently with different people, this idea of an ‘interpretive spectrum’ is recurring in this publication and is important to consider because of the subjective nature of the topic.
Each designer in this publication was asked to respond to a provocative enquiry and apply typographic propositions to a piece of poetic prose, blurring the space between reading and seeing.
The prose was sourced from the first volume of Syllable magazine, an independent publication, originally published by Ted Hopkins (Backyard Press/Champion Books) in the summer of 1984. Our inspiration came from artifacts that were made available by the RMIT Design Archives and Marius Foley.