COMMA, COLON: EXCLAMATION POINT!
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but how much can you say using only commas, periods, parenthesis and ampersands? Students in associate professor of art Anne Dutlinger's graphic design class had to figure that out when she assigned them to create products with graphics consisting solely of punctuation marks: no letters, numbers or words allowed. The results included note cards, note pads, T-shirts, jewelry, wine glasses, and other items sporting everything from apostrophes to asterisks. Commercial versions of many of the products will be available for sale at Bethlehem store and art gallery Home and Planet during next month's First Friday evening festivities (December 7, Southside Bethlehem).
For some students, using punctuation marks to communicate ideas was a natural fit. "Of course, our generation uses text messaging and smilies a lot," says Nikki Benson '08. "So I looked some up, and I happened to like these inebriated smiley faces that I found." Inspired by that, she created a set of napkins and party glasses adorned with simple, playful graphics likely to put a smile on any partygoer's face. Sean Cahill '08 took a different approach, piling layers of punctuation on top of each other to create the complex, Rorschach-like samurai face on his note cards. "I had to be careful not to overdo it," he says. "A big part of being an artist is knowing when to stop."