Font Design: Caribbean Archeology Inspired Symbols

Maria Giuliani
Associate Professor
Communication Design
New York City College of Technology

The Taíno Indians resided on the island of what is today known as Puerto Rico. Hundreds of petroglyphs or images carved into stone have been found here and in many of the other Caribbean islands.
Contrary to other known archeological glyphs like the Egyptian hieroglyphs or Mayan scripts, these are not part of a written language or system, but rather isolated images with multiple meanings. Many of these images seem to be literal, while others are definitely more abstract, perhaps used as part of rituals and festivities.
These symbols have become a great part of the Puerto Rican culture and representative of its indigenous heritage. Today they are often used in the arts, fashion, crafts, and are an integral part of education. I started my research and found books on the subject, websites with downloadable jpegs, and even a Taíno inspired display typeface (letters), but not an existing font that purely depicted the symbols. I wanted to create an easily accessible version of these. By transforming these symbols into a font, they can easily be used as a traditional dingbat, a decoration, paragraph separators or even stand alone as a simple illustration.
I decided to design a symbol-font based and inspired by these stone drawings. My presentation will show the progression of my work from pencil and ink to Adobe Illustrator to the Font Editor “Glyphs”.

Colloquium 1.3: Parsons The New School

Design Incubation Colloquium 1.3: Parsons The New School

Hosted by Juliette Cezzar
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The New School University Center
65 5th Ave, Academic entrance (corner of 13th st)
New York, New York
Room 617

3PM – 5PM

Save the Date!

Please RSVP if you plan on attending.

Presentations

History of Color In Comic Art: Technology, Aesthetics, and 64 Colors
Eli Neugeboren
Assistant Professor
Communication Design
New York City College of Technology, CUNY

Black and White: Basic Color Terms
Grace Moon
Adjunct Professor
Graphic Design, Dept of Art
Queens College, CUNY

The Design and Branding of a Project
Anita Giraldo
Assistant Professor
Communication Design
New York City College of Technology, CUNY

Discussion Topics

  • Assessing Creative Projects Through a Lens of Academic Research
  • The Fellowship Program at Design Incubation: Application, Format, Facilitation

Attendees

  • Phyllis Rosenblatt, CityTech
  • Janet Esquirol, BMCC
  • Amelia Marzec, Queens College
  • Brian Jones, Crystal McKenzie, Inc.
  • Juliette Cezzar, Parsons

Colloquium 1.3: Call for Submissions

Deadline: November 26, 2014

The  2014 winter colloquium will be held at Parsons, The New School. We invite all Communication Design researchers to submit abstracts for consideration by our panel of peers.

For more details, see the Submission Process description.
Event Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The New School University Center
65 5th Ave, Academic entrance (corner of 13th St)
New York, New York
Room 617

3PM – 5PM

Please RSVP if you plan on attending.

Colloquium 1.2 Call for Submissions

Deadline: October 15, 2014

The  2014 autumn colloquium will be the next event to be held by Design Incubation at CityTech, CUNY. We invite all Communication Design researchers to submit abstracts for consideration by our panel of peers.

For more details, see the Submission Process description.
Event Date: Friday, October 31, 2014
11am-2pm
New York City College of Technology, CUNY
300 Jay Street
Room N119
Brooklyn NY, 11201

Please RSVP if you plan on attending.

Colloquium 1.2: New York City College of Technology

Design Incubation Colloquium 1.2: CityTech

Hosted by M. Genevieve Hitchings & Dan Wong
Friday, October 31, 2014
11am-2pm
New York City College of Technology, CUNY
300 Jay Street
Room N119
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Please RSVP if you plan on attending. Presentation lists to follow.

Presentations

Nourishing the Creators of a Design Economy in the South Bronx

Mathew Bethancourt
Assistant Professor
Media Design Programs Team, Visual & Performing Arts Unit
Hostos Community College, CUNY

Andy London
Lecturer
Media Design Programs Team, Visual & Performing Arts Unit
Hostos Community College, CUNY

Sarah Sandman
Assistant Professor
Media Design Programs Team, Visual & Performing Arts Unit
Hostos Community College, CUNY

Rees Shad
Chair of Humanities Department
Media Design Programs Team, Visual & Performing Arts Unit
Hostos Community College, CUNY

Painting with the iPad: Using Traditional Techniques on a Digital Canvas

Monika Maniecki
Adjunct Lecturer
MFA in Illustration
Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY

The Graphic Design Portfolio: Process Over Product

Irina Lee
Design Director
Bureau Blank
Adjunct Lecturer
School of Visual Arts
Department of Visual Communications: Art + Graphic Design
SUNY Farmingdale

Using Historical Archive to Explore Cultural Representation in Design & Mass Media

Ryan Hartley Smith
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
Art Department, Queens College, CUNY

Attendees

  • Yue Chen, Adjunct Lecturer, CityTech
  • Kristin Derimanova, Asst Professor, Kingsborough Community College
  • Janet Esquirol, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Maria Giuliani, Assoc Professor, CityTech
  • Ken Golden, Asst Professor, Queensborough Community College
  • Genevieve Hitchings, Asst Professor, CityTech
  • Raffi Khatchadourian, Asst Professor, CityTech
  • Pete Mauro, Asst Professor, Queensborough Community College
  • Jerron Smith, Adjunct Lecturer, CityTech
  • Susan Spivak, Assoc Professor, Kingsborough Community College
  • Emilie Lengain, Graphic Designer
  • Phyllis Rosenblatt, Adjunct Lecturer, CityTech
  • Kathryn Weinstein, Assoc Professor, Queens College
  • Kathy Wilson, Graphic Designer
  • Dan Wong, Asst Professor, CityTech
  • Nina Young, Adjunct Lecturer, CityTech, BMCC

Colloquium 1.0: Inaugural Event at AIGA

Thursday, June 5, 2014
2:30pm-4:30pm
AIGA
Minnesota conference room, 3rd Floor
164 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
RSVP required, limited seating

Presentations

ABC’s of Type Design
Liz DeLuna
Associate Professor of Graphic Design
St. John’s University

Using Printmaking Techniques to Teach Metacognitive Skills to Design Students
Sharon (Libby) Clarke
Assistant Professor
Advertising Design and Graphic Arts
New York City College of Technology, CUNY

Design Considerations for Low Literacy Audiences: A Case Study
Kathryn Weinstein
Associate Professor of Graphic Design
Queens College, CUNY

The Unique Challenges of Defining Research and Scholarship for Communication Design Academics
Dan Wong
Assistant Professor
Advertising Design & Graphic Arts
New York City College of Technology, CUNY

Design Bravery: Managing Fear and Facilitating Development through Collaboration
Lisa J. Maione, Art Director / Designer
Adjunct Professor, Queens College CUNY
Part-time Lecturer, Parsons The New School for Design

Service-learning: A Natural Fit in Design Education?
M. Genevieve Hitchings
Assistant Professor
Advertising Design & Graphic Arts
New York City College of Technology, CUNY

Attendees

  • Mary Ann Biehl, Chair, Associate Professor, CityTech—CUNY
  • Anita Giraldo, Assistant Professor, CityTech—CUNY
  • Tanya Goetz, Assistant Professor, CityTech—CUNY
  • Joel Mason, Professor, CityTech—CUNY
  • Joe Moore, Assistant Professor, City College—CUNY
  • Jane Pirone, Assistant Professor, Parsons—The New School
  • Susan Spivack, Program Director, Associate Professor, Kingsborough—CUNY