Matt Gilbert

Festival of Books Posters

The Festival of Books is an annual literary festival held at UCLA. This three-poster series refers to the three most popular subjects that draw people to the festival: historical and political writing, children's books, and thriller novels. The posters are each 20" by 30", and can be hung together to make one large illustration 60" across. The illustrations are made entirely of text excerpts from books by authors who appeared at the event.

To use letterforms as shapes and text as hatch lines, a java program was written specifically to make the text drawing quicker. I could draw lines and the excerpted text flowed along the paths. You could even read parts of the excerpts on the poster in places.

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