Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Try to simplify the Cooper Black for Children 5-7 years old

Experimenting with different techniques in photoshop creating the ABC with different effects to test how would it look as s furniture created through out a thread.

Interesting and Creative Alphabet Furniture

This are some alphabet furniture that I found really smart and interesting relevant of what I want to create

Cooper Black

Oswald Bruce Cooper designed Cooper Black, an extra bold roman face, based on the forms of his earlier typeface Cooper Old Style, which appeared with Barnhart Brothers & Spindler Type Founders in Chicago. Copper Black was produced by Barnhart in 1922 and acquired in 1924 by the Schriftguß AG in Dresden, where it was later completed with a matching italic. Although Cooper Black appeared in the first third of the 20th century, it still looks comtemporary and it can be found on storefronts in almost any city scene. The flowing outer contours create forms that are both strong and soft, making Cooper Black an extremely flexible font.

The story behind the typephase

20 years after Cooper black was designed a big tragedy struck was followed and was dropped from public's eyes. In 1920 Cooper Black when was first created was really popular to the public but it didn't took long for it's ground breaking. In 1940
Barnhart died and with him gone things turn to a different level for Cooper black when in 1966 Beach Boys released their rock n' roll album 'Pet Sounds' with the cooper as the main typephase. After that unable to resist representing the rock n' roll it moved to a really downfall when was desperate for work and was used for drugs, pills and cocaine. In the middle 80's Cooper Black hit the bottom when in the 90's fought for its survival by trying to show to the world why it was designed. Today is a hit for advertisers because of is friendly, simple and bold design.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

The Experiment

It has been long time since my last post because of my horrible internet connection. However I would like to inform you about my recent activities on my project.

Two weeks ago I visited a primary school at Sheffield to do an experiment with children around the age of 5-7. The experiment it was created in such way that children would feel comfortable and be suitable for their age. The experiment was split in 3 parts and was tested to be no more than 20 minutes.

First part: For the first part of the test I used six different fonts (serifs, sanserif, 3D, rounded, Bold, Italic) with the letter "A" printed each one of the letter in black on a A4 paper. The papers were placed on the board so all the children would be able to see them in a distance.
Each child had to stick a green sticker on the letter "A" that liked the most and a red sticker for the one that didn't like. The children were really excited as the test was designed to fit their age and look like a game in order to know better how a 5-7 year old child react and how different they see some things from a grown up.

Second part: The second part was a similar to the first test but the only difference was that the letter "A" was in different colour to see if the children choose a particular font because of their shape or the colour and if colour play an important role in their life.

I was really impressed when the I saw the results from both tests that were the same and that the children picked up Cooper Black font as the best one through out all. The answer why the chose that particular font is because it looks more like an A and its shape is really fancy and happy.

However the font that didn't like at all was Bauhaus as I thought that children would love it because of its friendly round shape. The reason why didn't like it because is really rounded looks like an unfinished A, reminds them of an umbrella and is not beautiful and happy.

Third part: The third part of the experiment was a simple questionnaire asking the children to highlight or to draw in a circle the word that thought look better, the size of the word, how bold they prefer the word and six colours that they like.

The children more or less highlighted the same ones.They prefer the size to be big, bold letters and serif font like cooper black.The colour section was confusing as the boy chose dark colours like blue, green and black when the girls chose yellow, orange and red.

The experience was great and helped me to understand how children think and react in order to help me create something educating and creative for children.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Understanding the colour importance in Children's books

Donna Hunt O'Brien Manager of Born to Learn Trainingconsiders that the level of expressive language a child has depends on how may begin to sort objects before labels items by colour in a very early age. Also she claims that 2-year-old children have enough language to put words together to create describing phrases such as 'my red ball.'

So by the time the kid becomes a preschooler, around the age of 3 to 5 years, is ready to experiment with colour and start recognise it. "[Children this age are] beginning to understand that there are shades of colors, and that two colors can be mixed to form another," Hunt O'Brien says.

Some examples of children's typography I found and colours that are used:

Old Classic Children Books Recommended By The National Education Association

Through my research I found a list of hundred books selected by the National Education Association in 1999 and NEA's (National Education Association) survey of 2007 of best books as great reading for children. However I started looking some of those books to see how the look physical in order to schedule my experiment that I will have on Saturday at Sheffield with a group of 20 children between the age of 5-8.

1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White 

2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 

3. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 

4. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss 

5. Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown 

6. I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch 

7. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo 

8. Oh! The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss 

9. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton 

10. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg 

11. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner 

12. Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco 

13. The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss 

14. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss 

15. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo 

16. The Mitten by Jan Brett 

17. Crunching Carrots, Not Candy by Judy Slack 

18. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willlems 

19. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling 

20. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 

21. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst 

22. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman 

23. Corduroy by Don Freeman 

24. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes 

25. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon 

26. Tacky the Penquin by Helen Lester 

27. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis 

28. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams 

29. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. 

30. Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin 

31. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson 

32. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss 

33. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park 

34. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder 

35. Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey 

36. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster 

37. Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini 

38. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper 

39. The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone 

40. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo 

41. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon 

42. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett 

43. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg 

44. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 

45. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli 

46. Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann 

47. Olivia by Ian Falconer 

48. The BFG by Roald Dahl 

49. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn 

50. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

51. The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss 

52. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

53. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel 

54. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

55. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer 

56. Bunnicula by James Howe 

57. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 

58. Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom DeLuise 

59. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes 

60. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary 

61. Frederick by Leo Lionni 

62. Frindle by Andrew Clements 

63. Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel 

64. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney 

65. Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen 

66. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion 

67. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss 

68. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss 

69. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt 

70. Is Your Mama A Llama? by Deborah Guarino 

71. Jan Brett’s books

72. Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr. 

73. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 

74. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton 

75. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney 

76. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett 

77. My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss 

78. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George 

79. No David! by David Shannon 

80. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss 

81. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein 

82. Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch 

83. Swimmy by Leo Lionni 

84. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes 

85. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner 

86. The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper 

87. The Empty Pot by Demi 

88. The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop 

89. The Giver by Lois Lowr 

90. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle 

91. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 

92. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown 

93. The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements 

94. The Napping House by Audrey Wood 

95. The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau 

96. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats 

97. The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack 

98. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka 

99. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 

100. The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book by Keith Faulkner