Font Poem


I chose the quote “If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much space”because I feel it portrays the best way to get the most out of life. So many of the best things in life like love and achievements come from taking huge risks. It’s better to have tried and failed for these things then to have never tried at all.

When working with the words, I put emphasis on certain ones such as living, edge and space. I chose the font Zapafino for the word living because it conveys a movement and a flow that shows how life is always changing and moving.  I wanted the colors in the word

to be the main colors of earth such as sky, water, dirt and grass. It has a gradient overlay and the satin effect. It didn’t look right until I duplicated the original layer and set it on Color Burn.  It took a long time for me to choose a font for the word edge; at first I wasn’t able to find one I liked.  I finally chose Umbra Std because exhibits a sense of daring and excitement to me. I turned it at an angle to have it form an actual edge around the other words.  Lastly,

Space has two layers. The first layer is just the actual word in a white font and behind it I have the word with an outer glow at 19% opacity. I wanted the outer glow to fade into the background to show that space is infinite.

The hardest part for me was trying to decide the placement for the words in relation to size and readability. I originally had all the words spread out on the background but decided to move them all to the edge. I felt this reinforced the meaning of the quote by drawing the viewer’s eye to the edge of the piece. I kept the background black because I wanted the empty space to seem endless.

The things I’m most proud of are the words living and space. I feel the words display all I want them too. Living is the most visually appealing word and space is very literal in the way it is larger then all the other words.

If I had more time I would most likely work more with the color scheme. There are a few words that I felt could have been tweaked to flow more smoothly with the others.

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