Typography can make or break you: Ode to David Tennant

Where do I even begin to explain the reason behind this massive undertaking? Before you, you can see the final product of a 22 hour project that I’ve done in the past two days. It looks gorgeous does it not.

The printed version is much more dynamic than the screen copy. The blacks are so much richer and it is 11″ by 15″ instead of 300px by 500px (or something close to that). The fonts are Gill Sans Light, Gill Sans MT Regular, Gill Sans Bold, and Gill Sans Ultra Bold Condensed. I figured it was appropriate since the font is British. (I’m a little lacking in the sleep at the moment so please forgive any lame comments). The type itself is five point and contents quotes by David Tennant himself.

This whole process was an experience. The image you see before you only took 11 hours (nearly straight, breaks only for necessities) but I had a version before that I had to scrap. I thought I was going to go crazy there for a bit. So many words and too much variations in the image. I think this was the first and only time I ever wished that David was bald. (I don’t think that now, however.)

I wanted to see what you guys thought of the piece. The next step from here would be sending a printed version to the man himself, simply to thank him for the work he does. It will be a Christmas present.

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    • Chayna
    • December 11th, 2009

    Looks fabulous! I’d love to see it closer, so I could pick out which quotes you’ve used.

    • Thank you Chayna. I’m glad you approve. I’m thinking about putting up a larger format image at a lower resolution at some point. It is just really large in it’s raw form, and I’m kinda still in the stage of sleep depravity so I’ll try and get it up soon so you can actually read the pages and pages of text.

    • helygen
    • December 11th, 2009

    It’s absolutely gorgeous. I’m sure David will be very touched to receive such a lovely labour of love.
    I echo Chayna’s sentiments: would love to see a close-up

    • I’m hoping he loves it and I’m working on getting a larger form up.
      Thanks for the comment Helygen. Glad you liked it.

    • silvermoon06
    • December 12th, 2009

    This is absolutely beautiful, hon. It’s very striking! I’m also certain that David will love to receive such a wonderful work of art.

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