OPENNESS


A thesis presented by Qiwen Ju, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in the Department of Graphic Design of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. 


Abstract
Opening Apertures
Relevant Terms
Multiple Perspectives
︎︎︎ Stereotype
︎︎︎We
︎︎︎ Stop Asian Hate Poster
︎︎︎ On This Day
Interview with Yiyang Hei
Shifting Perspective
︎︎︎ Maze
︎︎︎ Alienation
︎︎︎ Moiré Typeface
Studying Perspective
︎︎︎ Reframing Story
My Perspective
︎︎︎ Escape From Reality
︎︎︎ El Lissitzky And Werner Jeker
︎︎︎ The Grid
︎︎︎ If You Could See What I Hear
Afterword


BACK

MOIRÉ TYPEFACE


Moiré typeface is an experimental typeface design that hovers between the visible and invisible.

Since I exploring the moiré effect in the Alienation project, I continued to look for ways to apply this tech-nique to different fields. Moiré patterns are large-scale interference patterns that can be produced when an opaque ruled pattern with transparent gaps is overlaid on another similar pattern. However, as moiré patterns also require physical interaction to take shape. I was determined to also apply this effect to static typeface in digital form.

When we choose a font for our daily work, whether or not we’re designers, its functions are frequently centered on ornamentation and readability. Different typefaces convey various information and images, educational levels, and experience. However, to integrate moiré qualities, I weakened the typeface’s overall character and made it more reactive. As a result, this font will not be used passively in the content but will be a variable typeface available for use on a digital platform.


JetBrains Mono is an open source typeface. It is also a monospaced typeface, which prevents the moiré from touching other letters during movement.
I created two layers with the Glyphs software; the first layer is a pattern of various rectangles, and the second layer consists of moiréed letters. When the pattern on the first layer moves consistently left and right, the letters on the second layer will occasionally appear and disappear. Users must interact with the digital platform to realize the text's visible and unseen states.

This typeface introduces a new level of interaction between users and typefaces. It not only translates moiré patterns to digital forms on a physical level but also vanishes, similarly to our parallax, challenging users’ capacity to capture information. This mode of interaction, in my opinion, serves as a metaphor: If you want to perceive something differently, shift your perspective.