Monday, February 6, 2012

Character Design

Hello Beautiful

In the last months I have found myself considering typography more frequently.  Perhaps because of my current projects at work.  Or maybe due to my current web development efforts.  I have a renewed fascination with this micro-scaled artistry.  Designers sit for hours sculpting each character of our alphabet.  Each stroke precisely laid to convey an idea through a nonverbal communication method.

I have always wanted to create a giant letter like you see on stages.  This past weekend a friend and I crossed this off my bucket list by making a 6 feet by 4 feet “O” and “V’.  We used a basic font; nothing elaborate for first time letter makers.  Yet when you enlarge these letters you realize how complicated even the simplest ones can be.  Each curve of the “O” had to be laid with seamless transition to the previous.  And the legs of the “V” had to be cut with perfect alignment.

What inspiration humanity must have been given to create such a complex communication device.  We have desired to perfect something that is smaller than a pebble.  I often write about the mastery of God’s paint brush as He illustrates the sunset.  Or His cosmic omnipotence as He orchestrates a perfectly timed scenario.  Yet its in the details that He is proven personal.  Often we turn to nature for design inspiration.  Our eyes may easily be enthralled by the dance of vines growing on an aged tree.  We can be captivated by the movement of grains of sand as we walk on the beach.  Or even intrigued by the lines our skin forms as it wraps our skeletons.  Typographers include these natural features in our alphabet’s characters.

Each of these small creative details remind us that we are loved personally by our Creator.  There are things that have been created for us as individuals.  Flowers that live extremely short lives.  Seashells who’s beauty are matched only by their fragility.  Each of these tiny details in our world were formed to remind us that we matter.  Often times our individual worth is lost in such a vast planet.  But you are so much more than a small detail on the face of this Earth.  You are the reason all of this was made.  You are the one He longs to connect with.  You are the character He carefully designed.  You are beautiful.

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