Christina de Almeida
Divide Sort Understand
7.5 x 10 inches, 16 pages
Digital prints on Curious LightSpeck Cover
Edition of 6
It is well known among behavioral scientists that the number three has powerful persuasion qualities. Elements organized in triplets are easier to remember and appreciate. In Roman numbers, three is the largest number still written with as many lines as the number represents. And early peoples in various parts of the world had words to describe quantities of one, two and three; beyond that, any quantity was simply called “many.”
This book is a typographic exploration of the many triadic systems that we use to divide, sort, and thus understand the various areas of our daily life: language, art, science, and society among others.
Loyal to the theme, the arrangements were distributed into three sets of relationships, identified by the patterns printed on their verso: Sequential, implying continuity and linear order among the elements; Complementary, reinforcing each other’s qualities through mutual support and contrast; and Hierarchical, evincing differences of importance or status between the different parts.
Letterforms and Latinisms
Cristina de Almeida
7.25 x 9.5 inches, 37 pages
Digital prints on Wausau Exact Matte Coated
Edition of 4
This book explores the similarities and contrasts between letterforms and architectural styles. These were drawn from Brazilian vernacular structures and patterns found in the built environment. Each image was paired with an English word of Latin origin—a Latinism. The resulting lettering treatment constitutes a hybrid visual vocabulary of functional structure and decorative ornament that is present in the construction of both letters and buildings. Accompanying small cards contain the definitions, origins and dates for each Latinism, and invite the reader to peruse the book in a non-linear manner, as a matching game of image, word, and meaning.