HELENA HESSELINK
Spirograph to the power of spirograph

Research into shapes using spirograph tools. The project is based on experimenting and pushing the boundaries of spirographs and patterns. I started with one simple spirograph tool and created all the shapes possible with it. I was wondering how such a simple tool could create such complex and intricate patterns. The idea of a spirograph is that a shape repeats itself over and over again but what would happen if the drawing made with a spirograph would be repeated by an other spirograph. And how can size influence the outcome of the shape? How will the shapes evolve during the process? The research is based on the idea of a family tree. All the spirographs evolved from one spirograph and they are all related but also completely different because of some decisions I made by making the cut-outs big, small, centred or not centred.
- 2020 -

Re-design of Oase #64

A 321 page book created with the restrictions: one font, one size and monospace typeface.
- 2019 -

530 Scarfs

A scarf designed from the outcomes of TypeClub’s workshop, ”what do you see in the clouds?” Designed together with Benjamin McMillan
- 2020 -

Pen Plotter & Movement Plotter

Experimenting with mechanical drawings and repetition. A plotter connected to a sensor that detects movement. The sketches are a visualisation of the movement of one hour in one room.
- 2018 -

530 Scarfs

A scarf designed from the outcomes of my spirograph project.
- 2020 -

Re-design of “Letter and Spirit” by Dexter Sinister

The text is about MetaFont and type design history and as Metafont is used to create typefaces this redesign of the publication is typeset in typefaces generated by the program itself. The design is also based on the quote "Typefaces are more medium than message”- Donald Knuth. For me this meant that it doesn't necessary need to be readable, the most important thing is to show oiff the typefaces.
- 2020 -

TRACE:192.168.2.0/24

A visualisation of signals found at the Buitenplaats in Arnhem, an old WW2 airfield. Within four weeks we created a method by using only a receipt printer to visualize everything from this location that cannot immediately be seen by the naked eye. Such as radio-signals, satellite imagery and digital connections between people. - A collection of data printed on receipt paper. In collaboration with Florien van den Driesschen and Kasper Quaink.
- 2019 -

530 TypeClub

Poster design and workshops for 530 TypeClub
- 2019-2021 -

530 TypeClub

Poster design and workshops for 530 TypeClub
- 2019-2021 -

Curvie and Zukini font

Fonts loosly inspired by my own handwriting
- 2019 -

Reconstructing Abstraction

In the last 100 years technologies have increased the speed in which we can capture a moment or a scene. Photography has made it possible to retain anything in seconds. Even the mediums themselves have sped up, if you compare a film from the 50s to a film made now, it is more likely that the cuts and scenes in the newer films are faster and choppier. But what about the older, more traditional forms of recording what’s around us? Drawing for example has not increased so much in its speed. With this project I would like to explore how I can develop my own new drawing method. Taking inspiration from speed sketching I want to have my own system/systems to be able to draw quickly and effectively. It is not about being accurate or recognisable but more about getting an interpretation on paper as fast as possible. Can the speed of my drawing match the speed of taking a photo? And if so what would be the visual result? A visual research.
- 2020 -

Characterclub

A book showcasing the letters created in Characterclub with Team Thursday
- 2018 -