‘Handmade Type’ is a self-initiated typographic experiment by New York-based designer Tien-Min Liao that explores the relationship between uppercase and lowercase letters and records the transformation between them.
In this experiment, Liao drew shapes with ink on one or both of her hands, manipulating her gestures into the corresponding shape to signify an uppercase letter. Then, using the same shape on her hands, she manipulated her gesture or changed the perspective through which the shape is viewed in order to transform the uppercase letter to a lowercase of the same letter.
Removing or redrawing the darkened shape on her hands is not allowed in the experiment. The only way to make the model transform from an uppercase to a lowercase (or vice versa) is by changing the gestures or perspective.
Liao created 26 sets of these inked shapes and drew them on her hands. Each set was made to create both an uppercase and a lowercase letter, such as ‘A’ and ‘a’. She also created some italic letters, handwriting letters and some new typefaces with the same shapes. Check out the project below.
Using the same hand paint, Laio transforms uppercase to lowercase
Watch this GIF for all the alphabets
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