10/12/16 This, I Believe (WK03,04,05)

The past two weeks I have really contemplated my topic seriously on how to improve it. Initially, I wanted to focus on some kind of galaxy-esque theme revolving around typography and Cinema-4D but that’s proven really difficult because I wasn’t 100% sure of the concept. After a lot of thought, I expanded my research to science-fiction research. I had done a lot of research previously on robotics and science fiction novels, so the topic was familiar to me. However, this time, I was looking at specifics about how type is handled. I came across an extremely interesting site, typesetinthefuture. They delve into typefaces that have been used in many science fiction movies and shows. The author is hilarious but really informative.

Here are a few (comical) screenshots of their site:

I also watched a few movies, including a Space Odyssey, Alien and checked out a few recommended comics as well like CosmicComics.

Taking a look at the crazy side of things also came in to play; how little green aliens came to be the public perception and the origin of the whereabouts. Little Green Men seems to have been derived from a folklore book way back in the day about two green children who appear in a small town (the book is called “The Green Children of Woolpit“). Following suit, a few more books came out with the mention of green men, earning ‘little green men’ the reputation of being tricksters. They were extremely popular in science fiction in the 20s and 30s, when alien encounters were crazy and bizarre.

Interestingly enough, Little Green Men was also a term for military personnel in Russia and Ukraine.

Pushing the thought of ‘little green men’ even further, I looked into UFO sightings, some of which are crucial in the development and perception of aliens in science fiction. One of the more important cases occured in Kelly, Kentucky. Some of the family living there reported a ‘flying saucer’, minutes later lead to duking it out in a battle between the little green guys and some dumb humans. It’s been 60+ years since the incident.

bettybarneyhillNot feeling crazy enough at this point, I looked at an even crazier incident regarding Betty and Barney Hill. Betty and Barney Hill are a couple from New Hampshire who reportedly had a three hour gap in their memory after a night of driving home from Canada. I read Ben H. Swett’s testimony of the case, feeling thoroughly flabbergasted afterward.

 

Here are some of the links I looked at

Wikipedia: Little Green Men

Wikipedia: List of UFO Sightings

Live Science: Why do we Imagine Aliens as ‘Little Green Men’

The Siege of ‘The Little Green Men’ (Kelly, Kentucky incident)

Carl Sagan: Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

HG Wells: Welles Scares Nation (War of the Worlds Radio Drama Incident) (My personal favorite. HG Wells trolling the world before trolling even existed)

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Visual Stuff: Visions of the Future ( A collection of NASA posters)

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At the time, I was really obsessed with looking at typography designed in cinema4D and also the 36 days of type that passed over the summer. I looked at more (there are hundreds) but Shavalini’s work is some of my favorite!


 

Concept Building

After this research, I decided to work on a concept. I really liked the idea recommended in class of aliens hiding in plain sight. In my past sketches, I also asked myself ‘why not’ whenever I started an idea. The previous research I did helped me get to this idea of why can’t extraterrestrial already exist here on earth? It brought me to the building concept.

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I also started looking into Blechman’s work after Professor Inciong’s recommendation

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100% Evil by Nicholas Blechman

Forecast by Nicholas Blechman

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I also found some inspiration from a friend of mine who created a new typeface/typography with clay and creatures.

 

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Author: gharihar

Currently a student enrolled at Montclair State.

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