A Visual Comparison of Early Venetian Typography & Today's Graffiti

A Visual Comparison of Early Venetian Printing & Today’s Graffiti is an illustrated essay drawing a correlation between the political climate in the U.S. that led to the rise of graffiti culture, and the 15th century cultural landscape of Venice that was a landmark period in graphic design.

The design of the essay emphasizes visual similarities between graffiti letterforms and early Venetian printing marks and draws a parallel between the urban wall and the printed page.

A focus on marginalia is critical to the argument, and stylistic “left over” elements are used as embellishments, often running off the sides of the page.

Designed for Type I at RISD under the instruction of Lucinda Hitchcock.