Type Anatomy: Jonathan Martinez

The example that I have chosen to write about was the movable wooden-block text. The text is one of the few in the MASC that was movable or manipulable. During the discussion of the text, it was mentioned that the original forms of this style of text was created with lead. However, due to the larger size of the text, was no longer able to be formulated using lead and was converted into wood. I believe that to imitate the color of lead, which was closer to dark gray or black, the wood was painted black. The text blocks were enclosed into small rectangles which limited the height and width of the letters. Because of the rectangular enclosure, this did not allow for much variation of the text, as we can see that the text is also fairly rectangular as well.

Each letter is evenly spaced within its own block which creates an even spacing when combining these letters together to form words. Because each letter has a specific enclosure to remain in, the letter spacing will also follow the block-to-block format. Each letter is also in its own space. We see occasionally when specific fonts combine letters or connect specific letters together to give it a certain style, however, with this text we find that no letter deviates from the basic format and always stay within the boundaries of the wooden blocks. The blocks are made of wood and can be shifted around to create different letter patterns, so we can say that this form of text is modular and materials-based. Modular text is often related to movable text and this example fits exactly that description just as it fits the materials-based definition by being made out of a natural material.

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