Way back in Derby #36: Text as Art, we asked you to take words and make pictures out of them. This week, we’re asking you to do the opposite: take pictures and make words out of them. Confused about the distinction? This week, think about the classic “animal alphabet”-type children’s books, where an alligator’s open mouth makes an “A”, a slithering snake makes an “S”, and a yak’s horn’s make a “Y”. Think about what every kid in America does when they hear the song “YMCA”. Think about those aerial photos where a crowd of people stand positioned in clusters to spell words. Illustrations that form text, get it?
No fonts. There are many fonts out there that do this kind of thing. None of them are allowed. You can’t just type out some text and call it a Derby entry. Where’s the skill in that? Please tattle if you notice someone else doing this, too.
The intention was to create a place for derbygoers to talk and potentially be off-topic. I’m now getting PMs asking if there’s some other place to talk because people don’t feel welcome here (although I have yet to hear why they’re not feeling welcome, so I can only speculate).
EDIT: However the Derby Cyberpub is used, things rarely stay true to their intentions. As long as it’s being talked in and people like it it’ll keep getting posted.