The Fence

Art Direction, Editorial
Uni Final Major Project
Book with results of the exploration of fences in Moscow's Mitino district.
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The project was dedicated to the yellow-green metal fence – a very common element in the city's environment that every citizen of Moscow is familiar with. Fences are usually installed in the yards of the houses to (allegedly) protect lawns from improper parking and define the boundaries of public spaces.

One of the most interesting features of these fences is that they represent hundreds of both simple and elaborate motifs. The variety of designs represented in such simple and conventional object is captivating. One specific motif encountered in one district can never been seen in another one.

This project's aim was to capture this local phenomena while it still exists and to look at it from the new perspective. To do that, fences in the Mitino district were examined and translated into the form of a typeface. The results of the exploration of motifs, colours and context are gathered and represented in the book.

Each motif was assigned a letter from the Latin alphabet that was chosen as a default one. Letters from A to Z uppercase, a to z lowercase and letters à, á, ç, è, é, ñ, ò, ó, À, Á, Ç were used but designs were distibuted randomly and there was no connection between a motif and a specific letter. Punctuation characters were assigned to fence designs that were damaged, cut or somehow altered.

The representation of fence designs in a form of a typeface was chosen because of the convenience of such format, as all the characters can be easily referenced, displayed and scaled.

Book were published within a limited edition and were handmade: each book was manually binded, trimmed and gilded. The cover was made with the screen printing technique and foil stamping.

This project was exhibited on the final exhibition in June 2017 in British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow. Fence models were made from 3mm transparent acrylic glass and were a part of the display as well as two posters representing the typeface.