Coda Concrete Poem

A concrete poem and imagery made only of typography.

Project Brief

The objective of this project was to create a concrete poem of Dorothy Parker’s “Coda”. This required a relevant underlying image relating to the content of the poem. The image was constructed using only typeface glyphs and colors.

Project Type
Visual Design Project
Project Timeline
Skills & Tools

Design Process

A concept was derived from Michelangelo’s Pietà. Sketches helped modify the forms into place where text would be typeset. Reference images were either traced while layered together or traced separately. A process of scaling and warping text within these blocked-out shapes retained the figures’ forms.

sketchbook of ideas
Sketchbook of ideas
reference images
Reference images
graphic design progression
Early versions
graphic design progression
Early versions

The Final Design

The final printed design is photographed in a series of images below which highlight chapter openers, text-flow across spreads, and the overall variety of typesetting design.

poster hanging
The final design

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Portrait of Jacob McAdam
Project by Jacob McAdam

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