Typography in the Rocks

This all started off as a project about creating typography and innovative typefaces in public. At first I was interested in creating "flexible" fonts, which i considered to be fonts that I could manipulate very easily, and that were in public spaces. One space I chose was the grass/sidewalk down the street from me, which is adjacent to a big rock bed. Every day students cross the rocks and kick them all over the sidewalk leaving them for this sweet old woman to clean every day. So, for one of my messages, I spelled out "be respectful" with the rocks. After showing this to my class, I decided to collaborate with the woman who sweeps the rocks every day, and write one message every day for 10 days in the rocks.

This all started off as a project about creating typography and innovative typefaces in public. At first I was interested in creating "flexible" fonts, which i considered to be fonts that I could manipulate very easily, and that were in public spaces. One space I chose was the grass/sidewalk down the street from me, which is adjacent to a big rock bed. Every day students cross the rocks and kick them all over the sidewalk leaving them for this sweet old woman to clean every day. So, for one of my messages, I spelled out "be respectful" with the rocks. After showing this to my class, I decided to collaborate with the woman who sweeps the rocks every day, and write one message every day for 10 days in the rocks. Right below is the message that inspired this project, "be respectful"
The first message that Elaine (the woman who sweeps the rocks) and I decided that I would write, was "Crazy just might work..."
The second message that I wrote was "all is well"
 
The third message read "BE THE CHANGE". I experimented by using a new font in all caps to convey a different, more forward tone.
For the fourth message, Elane and I had a chat about the fact that the quotes she came up with all sounded very old and wise, and the quotes that I came up with all sounded like they came from a younger and more carefree person who had not experienced much of life yet. I decided that the best way to show both of our voices in collaboration was to create a 2 part quote, one part would be in a specific font and the second part would be in another font.. The fourth message read "The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow..." and the second part of the quote, message five, was to be added the next day.
The fifth message was supposed to be an addition to my fourth message, and it was going to read "Do Good Anyways." However, when I went to add the second part to my fourth message: "the good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow..."  I re-read the message and someone changed the word "may" to the word "won't" so now the message read "the good you do today WON'T be forgotten tomorrow" So I left this up as my fifth message!
My ideal goal was to have someone respond, and I was so happy!
The sixth message read "I have not failed..." which was in all lower case and was meant to represent my voice in the first part of a two-part message. The seventh message read "I HAVE FOUND 1,000 WAYS THAT WON'T WORK." which was the addition to the sixth message, and meant to represent Elaine's voice and wisdom.
For message eight, I planned on creating another two-part message. For the first part, I wrote "life is change..." and the second part was supposed to say "growth is optional." However, someone beat me to the punch, and changed my message before I could add part two...
When I went to add part two to my message, I saw that someone had changed the word "change" to the word "enough". 
After having two responses to other messages, I decided to change up my approach. I decided to open up the space as a place to have a conversation with everyone who passed by. To do this, my ninth message read "Tell me more" and I created a space by using brackets to prompt a response. I also decided to experiment more with the way I created the font. In the previous seven messages, I created each letter out of a single line of rocks. For message nine, I decided to create the letters using negative space. 
Just as I hoped, I got a response to my ninth message! Someone used the rocks from the line "tell me more" to write "I LOVE U!" inside of the brackets.
Last but not least, my tenth message read "KEEP THE WORDS ALIVE!" This time, I created the first three words with 3 lines of rocks to create a more 3D effect. I also wanted to choose a message that would let my audience know that I was done writing daily messages, but that I wanted them to use the space for their own messages; either to me or to other people. 
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