I have an assignment where I need to create an image only using typography yet and I think it is similar to Ascii Art, am I correct? Or what is this type of design called?

Thank you

  • I think you should ask whoever is giving you the assignment. Part of the assignment may be how you interpret it.
    – Scott
    Jan 13, 2023 at 22:24
  • There's a wikipedia page for ASCII Art with example images. Have a look, see if that's what you want.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 14, 2023 at 12:05

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Haven't heard the term ASCII art in years - takes me back to the days of perforated paper rolls and daisy wheel printers. In that style, you're using letters as is to create a design/portrait affect. Incredibly creative way of using typography. But in the digital age, there's a genre called Typographic Portraiture. Here you're manipulating the letters and words - stretching, compressing, warping - to create a visual effect. More of an illustration effect than unaltered typefaces.Interesting samples here from several artists: https://www.domestika.org/en/blog/3558-5-typographic-portrait-artists-that-will-inspire-you As mentioned, might be worth clarifying with your instructor - although you can take the creative initiative and interpret it on your own.

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    Thank you kindly. Jan 16, 2023 at 3:53

Complementing JeffK's answer. You can also transform a word into an image, or use typography as a texture, as shades, or as abstract forms. You can even make a sculpture made of letters.

Why you do not ask your professor, or better, use your imagination? That is the underlying idea.

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