Final Punctuation Design (and Layout)

Today I have been working on the layout and creation of the presentation of the punctuation mark’s design using some inspiration gained from a reviewer.

After having confronted some just previously to creating the presentation design for the punctuation mark, a person who I had review the design of my punctuation mark had given me a little bit of inspiration for the layout design for the mark. They suggested using a similar format to that of the last project by using a double page spread displaying the punctuation mark in a full size depiction on one page, followed by a page depicting the punctuation mark in various different typefaces, such as Bold, Italic and other typefaces.

I took this idea straight to InDesign in order to begin creating the layout for the presentation. I used the same sizes was I had used for the environment as it would save time figuring out my own design and due to this design not needing too much space because the lack of space needed.

I started off by creating the first page of the spread, placing the full blown version of the punctuation mark, as well as adding its name above. After adding the name of the mark, I decided to add an example piece of text to show how the mark would work within a normal circumstance, allowing viewers a little understanding on its functionality.

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After doing so, I began work on the design for the second page of the spread by placing out the line layout.

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After getting the lines into place, I began placing in the names for each example of the typeface, staring with the default style made in Arial, along with the bold and italic versions. I then copied this idea over to the commonly used Times New Roman, and the more odd looking Chalkduster typefaces.

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With the names added I then placed in the mark designs which I had made read for the layout.

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And with that, the design for the punctuation layout is complete.

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Overall I am fairly happy with how the design for the punctuation mark has turned out within the end. I am not sure really how I feel good or bad about the piece as it is such a simplified concept for me and I cannot really argue whether something went right or wrong with such a small design. If anything, I found that the designs I used for the the creation of the italic versions were a little odd in my eyes as I am not entirely sure if they truly look like they are italic.

Punctuation – Progress

Progress so far on the punctuation project has been going rather quickly, as the simplicity of the design makes it rather easy to pick out a design from multiple choices we can create. The sarkmark design which I have decided to continue using for the final piece shall now be the one shown bellow:

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I was originally planning on using the swirled arrow design for final design at first, as I believed that the curly depiction of the mark would give the design a bit of silliness, which relates to the fact that the mark represents sarcasm (humor). However, I have since decided to change that idea to a different design as I felt as if the use of the swirl would look rather messy in smaller type, and having tested it for myself, found that making the swirl look just right was a bit of a chore, and thus swapped it out for the arrow-like design instead.

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I did this as I felt that the use of a jagged line was much easier to draw in small scale than the swirl (as it would look more like a black circle at smaller sizes). The jagged lines also do still retain some aspects of the sarcasm within the fact that it looks like a odd looking pointing arrow.

I am currently quite happy with how the new design for my punctuation has turned out, as it is both simple to draw and remember when reading a passage. I will have to start work on the layout of the final design, as well as some possible designs for different versions/styles of the type.



History of Punctuation Marks

It has come to my realisation that due to me being distracted by the images of unused punctuation marks , I forgot to touch on the history of a type of punctuation itself (as well as something for the logo use of type), which I shall go into now.

Since practically every form of punctuation mark has been created through their own separate ways, it will be much easier for me to discuss the creation of a fairly simple form of punctuation, such as the “Pilcrow” (¶). A pilcrow was used within the past as a formal way of indicating a paragraph, as the cost of printing and writing up books within the time period was fairly exspesive and paper space was key when writing.

* The pilcrow originally started life out within account Greece, and originates from the Greek word “paragraphos”. It was rendered in Old French as paragraphe and later changed to pelagraphe. The earliest know/recorded reference of the modern pilcrow we use nowadays is in 1440’s, with the Middle English word “pylcrafte”.

* The first way to divide sentences into groups in Ancient Greek was the original paragraphos, which was a horizontal line in the margin to the left of the main text. As the paragraphos became more popular, the horizontal line eventually changed into the Greek letter Gamma (Γ and γ) and later into litterae notabiliores, which were enlarged letters at the beginning of a paragraph. This notation soon changed to the letter K which was an abbreviation for the Latin word kaput, which translates as “head”. Eventually, to mark a new section, the Latin word capitulum, which translates as “little head” was used, and the letter C came to mark a new section in 300 BC. In the 1100s, C had completely replaced K as the symbol for a new chapter. Rubricators eventually added a vertical bar to the C to stylize it; the symbol was filled in with dark ink and eventually looked like the modern pilcrow (¶).

This mostly goes to show how much a single piece of type can go through before it takes the form which we know of today, and how small changes can make a whole lot of difference within the long run.

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