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).

 
Who remembers this? In elementary school we would give all we had in writing in between the lines perfectly, we all wanted that gold sticker from the teacher! Elian isn't so much spelling as he is copying, in elementary school we didn't write effortlessly, we copied letter by letter, and so Elian is a KG Primary Lined No Space.

Who remembers this? In elementary school we would give all we had in writing in between the lines perfectly, we all wanted that gold sticker from the teacher! Elian isn't so much spelling as he is copying, in elementary school we didn't write effortlessly, we copied letter by letter, and so Elian is a KG Primary Lined No Space.

Gina finger spells sleekly and with ease. We don't have to squint our eyes or work to understand what she's trying to spell, it's just like reading a book. Gina is an Apple Garamond.

Gina finger spells sleekly and with ease. We don't have to squint our eyes or work to understand what she's trying to spell, it's just like reading a book. Gina is an Apple Garamond.

The best way to describe her fingerspelling is, light, fun, and bouncy. Esther's hand doesn't stay in one place, it wants to explore! Esther's fingerspelling is so aesthetically pleasing and so she is a Florence.

The best way to describe her fingerspelling is, light, fun, and bouncy. Esther's hand doesn't stay in one place, it wants to explore! Esther's fingerspelling is so aesthetically pleasing and so she is a Florence.

Even with his tie-dye shirt, his finger spelling stands out, his hand almost seems like a box when he spells. Laith spells boldly and clearly, no second takes necessary, he is a Lemon/Milk.  

Even with his tie-dye shirt, his finger spelling stands out, his hand almost seems like a box when he spells. Laith spells boldly and clearly, no second takes necessary, he is a Lemon/Milk.

 

Long fingers and fast spelling make a lethal combination. Shaina has long sleek fingers which makes for a thin font, there's almost no spacing in between her letters and words and so she is an Edition.

Long fingers and fast spelling make a lethal combination. Shaina has long sleek fingers which makes for a thin font, there's almost no spacing in between her letters and words and so she is an Edition.

Chaminda spells clearly, you understand exactly what he's saying and we know exactly when he's going to say the next word. He's almost like a typewriter, click, clack, click, clack. Chaminda is an Orator Std.

Chaminda spells clearly, you understand exactly what he's saying and we know exactly when he's going to say the next word. He's almost like a typewriter, click, clack, click, clack. Chaminda is an Orator Std.