1 city, Turin, 4 days of workshop inside a place, the TOOLBOX, 17 participants, 1 lab, the FABLAB+Officine Arduino, hosts of PERIOD by Thype! for a workshop entitled “INNESTO”.
At the start it had to be just a typography workshop. It doesn’t happen that often though to have an entire prototyping laboratory, that’s why we decided to have a little bit of fun involving all the work team, and using all the resources available: laser cutting, plotter cutting, Arduino programming, wood, paper, glue and our beloved friend scissor.
An onomatopoeia, from the Greek ὀνοματοποιία, is a word that phonetically imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes. Common occurrences of onomatopoeias include various noises such as “boom”, “pow”, “shh” or “crack”.
Onomatopoeias are not the same across all languages; they conform to some extent to the broader linguistic system they are part of. The result is an installation, a sound machine for representing sounds through the form of the words that describe them.
The students, divided into small groups, have designed tridimensional typographies which are connected, through Arduino, to an electronic drum. The sound generated by the beaten pads was used as the input to turn some LED on, which were previously placed onto the artworks.