Hi, I’m Marissa. I enjoy creating thoughtful and conceptual design, with my work extending across digital and printed matter, identity, publication, and most recently, type design. Everyday Messaging has taught me to be more observant and appreciative of all types of vernacular design around us in everyday situations. After taking interest in exploring type design this semester, my Everyday Messaging project explores the way we read and recognise letterforms everyday, and how this makes us human in a digital world.

Misread — Type Specimen

Misread is a family of two fonts, Misread Regular and Misread Wide. It is a variable font that moves from Regular to Wide, its middle ground a chaotic distortion of shapes. The variability of the typeface is inspired by CAPTCHA, the security system puzzle that asks users to identify characters, words, or images to ensure they are human. It questions the way we recognise letterforms and how much glyphs can be distorted before they become illegible. Misread plays on our ability to prove that we are human, and not robots, simply by recognising distorted characters online.

Misread — Microsite

A microsite showcasing the variability of Misread, including sliders for font size and variability, designed for users to trial the typeface. The page lands on the middle ground between Regular and Wide, a jumbled collection of shapes that can be deciphered by sliding to either end of the typeface. Users are encouraged to play with the variable slider to see how the glyphs morph into one another, and explore how far you can move from each side of the variable font before letterforms become illegible. Visit the microsite at misread-me.com.

Misread — Type Specimen

A two-section 58pp type specimen on Misread. The first section is a full character set of both fonts, Regular — a slightly italicised delicate pixel font, and Wide — a bold extended pixel font with more contrast in stroke weight. The second section then explores a bit of background on the typeface and showcases the glyphs of both fonts and the variability of the typeface as a whole. The specimen is printed on EcoStar recycled 120gsm.

Misread — Tote Bag

A tote bag that carries the printed specimen of Misread. The tote bag features glyphs from Misread Regular, Wide and in between. For more information on Misread, visit my website!

Melbourne Cinémathèque 2022

A proposed identity for Melbourne Cinémathèque 2022. The Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit organisation screening independent arthouse films every Wednesday at ACMI. The typographic identity is inspired by the motion of traditional film reels. The identity aims to tie in the past with the present, depicting traditional methods of film projection in a modern and minimalistic way.

Systems of the Ordinary

Systems of the Ordinary is an exhibition showcasing Robert Rooney’s photography from the 1970s. The identity of this exhibition is inspired by the way Rooney photographed suburbian Melbourne. His work reflected the ordinary, regular, and mundane systems that exist in the everyday. The identity uses a custom typeface called Commonplace, a sans serif that is ordinary at first glance, with some quirks and inktrapping at closer look. The identity as a whole aims to be honest and straightforward, reflective of the way Rooney treated his photography. Visit my website to see more about the exhibition identity or the design of Commonplace.
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