Typography and Art, The Research and Process of Creating Art with Typographic Elements explores the art of four major artists who use typography in their work - Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Kurt Schwitters, Barbara Kruger, and Jenny Holzer. Not only their manner of using typography was discovered, but also their ultimate purpose in using type in their work. It was determined that artists used type either for aesthetic value or for the practical purpose of readability. After an examination of how artist have used typography in art, a series of three posters were created, based on the idea of dependence on social networking, media, and the technology of the 21st century. Each poster was placed in Giles Gallery with a QR code image posted in the place of a title. Each of these QR codes linked to a google search that identified what the title of the work was. This was done as a social experiment to determine how many people would actually utilize their smart phones instead of deciphering the posters and finding the title. Each poster served as a commentary on a different aspect of the negative effects of a society saturated with technology, utilizing the graphic design skills learned by the artist at Eastern Kentucky University.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 4-19-2012


David Afsah-Mohallatee

Mentor Department Affiliation

Art and Design

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Art and Design