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Belfast in My Colours: A Synesthetic Exploration of My Temporary Home (2011)

This project explores my synaesthetic connections between colours and personalities. During two months living in Belfast, as the international artist in residence at Digital Arts Studios, I collected symbols of the surrounding atmosphere, attitude, and history that stood out most. When drawing each of these things in Illustrator, based mostly on my own photos, I applied the colouring that most suited each item's reputation, history, and character by matching the personalities that I synaesthetically perceive when describing different hues. For the traditional instruments, I drew upon my synaesthetic perception of colour when hearing sound.

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Firman - Belfast in My Colours
Firman - Belfast in My Colours

The Guidebook of New Punctuation (2011-2012)

Part of the reason emoticons and emotibreviations have become so popular is that typed communications remove facial expressions, body language, and, most importantly, tone of voice from the message. In the convenience of text-only contact, we loose the human element. It leads to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and rounds of clarification that could have been saved. Granted, it can come in handy to type out responses with the ability to so easily mask the nasty faces you're pulling or the droop of defeated shoulders. But what if there was a set of punctuation to describe the tone in which you would like the message to be read?

The Guidebook of New Punctuation
The Guidebook of New Punctuation

In honor of punctuation past and in anticipation of the future's glyphs, I share this set of doodles as a light-hearted rhetorical solution to getting the human element back into text communication. Many are based up on my synesthetic visual perception of concepts. For example, when I think about patience and acting with care, a solid near-perfect circle is paired with that concept as much as its language description. Like other types of synesthesia, these associations are automatic and consistent.

I created the font using Illustrator and FontLab Studio.

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