Beyond Typography: Form and Function

By Jesvin Puayhwa Yeo and Rene Fengming Sim.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Typography in today’s digital world is largely constrained and restricted to the two-dimensional plane of the computer monitor or the piece of paper. The visual and tactile qualities of the typeface have been sorely lacking in recent decades, since letterpress has become an uncommon method of printing. In this study, paper-engineering techniques are employed and pop-up structures are created in relation to various typefaces. The objective of this study is to investigate whether the pop-up structure can be used as a platform to exemplify the origins and inspirations of typefaces. The results of the study are large-scale and interactive pop-up structures.

Keywords: Paper Engineering, Pop-up Books, Typography, Typeface

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.87-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 12.232MB).

Prof. Jesvin Puayhwa Yeo

Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore

Professor Jesvin Yeo is an assistant professor in the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technology University. She graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and her main research areas are in Asian material culture, visual research, and knowledge visualization. Her work focuses on the details of design and the processes involved in delivering messages in context, particularly through book design and typography in 3D and digital forms. Professor Jesvin has presented and published her works at several international conferences and also exhibited her creative works internationally, including 798 Art District in Beijing, Museum of Design in Atlanta, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington.

Rene Fengming Sim

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Rene Sim is a graphic designer in Singapore. He has graduated from Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media. Rene’s interests include print-making and book design.


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