what type are you? the typography of fingerspelling project
"What Type Are You" is a take on fingerspelling styles through typography. Ask yourself this: are you a good, legible, clear fingerspeller? Or, are you pretty terrible at your pacing (kerning)? To help bad fingerspellers, and to help identify our model fingerspellers, we decided to tackle on that through the exploration of assigning fingerspellers fonts. This project was originally conceived by Matt Malzkuhn. According to Matt: "When interpreter switch during a lecture, it feels like I have to re-align my focus, it's as if they switched fonts on me. Imagine you're reading a book in Times New Roman, and then suddenly the font changes to Courier. You would pause - momentarily - it is still a pause, however. Then you adjust to the font change. Then, after fifteen or twenty minutes in that font, the interpreter switches and you go all over again re-reading a new font. And of course, what if you favor Times New Roman over Courier? Then we become impatient during the Courier reading." (2012)
With this in mind, we derived into a typographical exploration - which we tested our fingerspelling talents and assigned fonts to each other. Popular/widely known fonts would work better for the purposes of this project. The Typography Project (part 2) was led by Bethany Weiner, an intern at the lab (2014-2015).