As this is our Type Annual issue, it was tempting to look at doing something for the cover based on traditional type-related crafts. But we just thought that was too obvious.
We’ve established something of a rule with our Annual issues, using the initial letter (P for Photography, I for Illust-ration etc) as the theme for the cover image. To create the T of our Type Annual cover, we turned to Scriptographer, a ‘scripting’ plug-in which works with Illustrator. Scriptographer, as its creator Jürg Lehni explains on the tool’s website “allows the creation of mouse controlled drawing-tools, effects that modify existing graphics and scripts that create new ones”. Some examples of this are featured in this month’s Monograph booklet – the fruits of a series of Scriptographer workshops run by Lehni, his collaborator, the designer Jonathan Puckey, and students at the ECAL University of Design in Lausanne.
Puckey created the CR cover using a new Scriptographer tool that he created called Triangular. “You place points with your mouse and the tool draws connecting lines between the points, as long as the lines don’t overlap any existing lines,” he explains. If you’d like to have a go, the tool is now available to download, for free, from the Scriptographer site.