So here’s where I am. It’s a two-sided poster, which I’ll present as two separate pieces. Hoping I can find someplace to print this tomorrow.
My studies for the four ornamental letterforms kept evolving (roughly) and rather than try to refine one of them into something finished, I’m going to present all four variations. Also, 4 icons and a bullet (the trident-ish three-pointed star). As a single design it feels like a constellation, like something expanding, something with possibility. Totally appropriate for this week — I like it.
I’m really happy with side 2 (the gridded photos). Here’s where my obsession this week with four Roman circles is documented and explained. So this side of the poster is process — the other is proposal. Together, they create a guide for seeing Rome.
Why pinball? Since arriving I’ve been experiencing the city as high-energy moments — linked in a sort of connect-the-dots way. The scale of Rome is really manageable, which I didn’t expect. So one can move from hotspot to hotspot quickly. But what’s going on at these spots is kind of extreme — unreal history, extreme tourism, deep culture. It’s stimulating, exhausting, overwhelming and beautiful. Connecting the bursts of energy became my experience of Rome — hence, pinball.
Each of the four letterforms tells a story about a place in Rome. At each of the four places I found something extraordinary, or unexpected. So the poster is a guide to this experience.
Tomorrow we’re on a four-hour tour to Trajan’s column and the ruins. Final critique on Saturday, at this place.