A–Z Firki

Pattern Design

1. Does, Bram de. Kaba-ornament: Experiments with a Typographical Ornament and Its Mirror Image in Vignettes, Borders and Patterns. De Buitenkant, 2006, page 30 and 31.

The collection of A-Z patterns is created using the Firki typeface with the passion for precision and an eye for details. Following a methodology similar to that of Question Quilts, I followed the steps in Table 3 (Fig. I, Page 136 and 137) from “Kaba Ornament in Vignettes Borders and Patterns” to create the pattern.

Each glyph within the collection undergoes a sequence of transformations, including translation, single-axis mirroring and translation, twofold rotation and translation, glide reflection and translation, single-axis mirroring and gradual translation, twofold rotation and single-axis glide reflection and translation, twofold rotation with wide glide reflection and translation, mirroring two axes and translation, mirroring two axes and gradual translation, fourfold rotation and translation, fourfold rotation with glide reflection along two axes, and mirroring along two axes with fourfold rotation (which also generates diagonal mirroring in one direction).1 Moreover, specific designs are created instinctively, contributing an element of spontaneity and originality to the entire compilation. I deliberately opted to keep the patterns in black and white due to the delicate nature of the glyphs, scrupulously designed at specific sizes ranging from 6 pt to 20 pt. This ensures that each intricate detail remains clear, preserving the integrity of the patterns without detracting from their delicate nature.