This week’s assignment took me awhile to take in. So, I’m going to do a bit of post-reflection blogging after presenting my typefaces and expressive words. Choosing a typeface to represent your name and even who you are is incredibly challenging. It makes you think of who you really are, what do you really represent, and what do you want to be represented as. A name is such a significant element of who we all are and for me, I feel very strongly about this as I have two names. Karalyn, being my given name, of which I will respond to if called. And KC, what I’ve been called since I was about four years old. It’s been roughly twenty-three years of being called this name, and yet I still face difficulty in presenting my name to people I meet. I am both Karalyn and KC. To me, they are much more than just names; they each represent something significant about myself. People who get to know usually say, “I couldn’t imagine you as a Karalyn. You are so KC”. And funnily, those who have known me for a long time and with whom I have a deeper connection usually get to a point where they naturally begin calling me Karalyn. These people are only handful.
What does this have to do with choosing a typeface for my name? If I am going to choose a typeface to represent who I am, I should present a name that I believe represents who I am in my day-to-day life. And even though have an imbalance of letters for a first and last name is challenging, I chose to do this assignment as KC.
Below are the typefaces I chose. Looking back, I would choose differently. However, as of right now, I think that Alegreya speaks to simplicity, but gives a sense of imagination. It’s a typeface that doesn’t need a lot to say a lot and I like that. Also, I love the typewriter feel of Inconsolata and how it appears similarly to the typeface in a programming editor.
Maven pro light
Below are my hand-drawn expressive words. I plan to work on my Illustrator skills and bring these images to life.