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Tarot Crit

March 15, 2011

I finally figured out what will the outcome of my tarot project be → I am working on two different routes. One is experimenting and tackling the definition of a tarot card, moslty through minimalistic decks for instance. Aside, I am working on a more classical tarot deck, more like an illustration project. I will make two other booklets about each ‘route’, gathering research, experiments and failures, and make a proper deck of proper cards for each idea that will work (for both the experimental and classical route). SO far what  I brought to the crit.


☝ to start with, I wanted to keep it simple, therefore I tried to use a technique that will make me be simple (wood engraving for instance)

a deck that would be a list of the most recurrent symbols for each card

☝ more abstract cards

☝ more in depth exploration of (a) colour deck(s) using a proper system ☟

Now I’ll try and see if there is a possiblity to somehow combine them in a working deck

☝I tried to make a body mandala deck (still WIP)

And then about the other ‘route’ —the more classical deck— I put together some inspirational images (also see here)

Most of it is in the sketchbook, and I started this illustration for the magician card ☟


Basically the feedback I had was to make all these as proper cards


tarot update

March 8, 2011

Yesterday I had my crit with Paulus. I brought a couple more experiments and the concept for the deck I will create.

New experiments, the first one describes the most recurrent symbols that appear on the cards, and the second one with abstract illustrations (but it is still random).

I also brought my sketchbook (see post below). So my final deck’s concept (if I can say this) will be based on Jodorowsky’s description of the tarot game as a mandala, a big picture of the human kind in which you can zoom-in to specific moments or archetypes (this is from me). So the cards will all be linked when spread out, probably some patterns will run from one card to the other. I also intend to keep on experimenting with the meaning of the cards (strategic experiments to quote Paulus) and with the boundaries of the cards: at which point does it become something else than a tarot card?

Everything will be gathered in another booklet:

And finally here are the comments from the crit (not all relevant but anyways):
† try a minimalist tarot deck
† play with the rules and the conventions as ways around the symbols of the cards (whatever that means)
† the tarot is a system of visual stimuli that inspires you to read yourself (Paulus)
† is it like slot machines? how big is the element of randomness?
† use the difference between the spoken words and the written words
† make clear what are my contribution and my purpose


February 16, 2011

Here are the photos of the black and white mock up (there won’t be any frame on the title page).

I will also write the comments from the final crit:

☝ I present the interaction (I guess it means when the senses react to sound or light etc)
☝ the perception drawing (when I only highlight the body parts related to the senses) could be the key or legend of the whole image
☝ I was worried about how to finalize it and Lizon talked about sending a postcard (I just thought it was funny)
☝ I need to have 2 different pictograms for the hand and for the arrow, ways of differentiating them could to fill one in, or to add an arm to the hand
☝Look at Gombrich’s history of arrows
☝ Lots of technical advice such as: make the lines thinner, have dotted line for the light or the sound, change the nose (too masculine) and the eyes (they look scared).

Also, my project is about visualising verbs rather than nouns (that’s where my challenge is), and also not knowing the audience (designing in a ‘universal’ way) is the challenge from the brief.


I have to finalise the pictograms, refine the drawings etc, maybe try with the whole body and zoom in. Then my message will have 2 parts, the first one where I just highlight the different senses, and secondly I show that they react and  illustrate the idea of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste.


February 16, 2011

here is the first mock up of the booklet in which I will put all my research and iterations on the ET project. I want to have the less text possible so I will only have the title and maybe one sentence explaining my message. I want the final outcome of this project to be one big image (poster).

☝☝ —crit

February 7, 2011

These notes and the 2 posts below are what I brought to the crit today.

What I am doing is looking into universal representations, and the kind of things like how to show a direction without using an arrow. The feedback:

♦ Wherever there’s more is where you start
♦ Look at J. Bertin’s semiology of graphics, R. Arnheim and the Gestat.
♦ Maybe use two people to show a relationship and therefore illustrating an ongoing communication
♦ How to represent sound and vision (no waves)
♦ My drawings look a bit like mexican codex, aztecs civilization
♦ Maybe show the fact that we choose to focus, for example we choose to open our eyes to see
♦ Reflect in the eye what is seen
♦ Have all these as part of an investigation process

♦♦ I am working on a visual language, and trying to go back to the basics.

☝☝ —sketches

February 7, 2011

☝☝ —research

February 7, 2011

Round-up crit

January 31, 2011

Here is what I brought:

† all the cards I made, the 3 very basic explorations with name, colours and sentences.

† and a print out of the book (in black and white because the colour printer didn’t work), I post the pdf here ☟. There are details to refine (plus finishing the booklet). And I modified the grid again to be able to work with smaller illustrations.

△ make the arrows thinner, add thumbnails of the cards I am referring to on the map

△ add more subtitles so that you don’t have to go through the text to know what the main parts are.

△ If possible try to have the same card (ie. the same trump from different decks) so that the comparison of styles is stronger. But I wanted this page to be more a quick overview of the different tarot decks that have been made. And try to put the name or theme of the decks.

△ Mix the images with the text.

△ this is the back cover made of the backs of cards

+ some alternatives (as I said I don’t like the full colour pages), whenever colour is optional I will replace it by duotones illustrations. This will also cool down the richness of the illustrations on the cards and to focus on what I say.

I am not sure that this pink works with cmyk illustrations as we can see on the spread with the map above, so I might just keep it for 1 spread.

Otherwise, the format is good, and having the book helps to understand the topic and get into it. It would be nice to add a small introduction to every page.

Yesterday, after having talked about all this with my flatmate I was a bit confused because I thought that making this book has distracted me from the real project —which it did— but on the other hand this object allows me to clarify my audience, which is actually the ‘jury’ for the final hand-in, non-tarot specialists (or at least it is my audience for the first part of the brief).

One way to justify this project and to take it to another audience than me would be to present it as an experiment with  systems of symbols (or communication) and the tarot cards as the support for this exploration.

But the next step (my next real deadline regarding this project is the mid-assessments) will be to finish the booklet and create my system. I am expecting to bring a mock-up of the final book to my group tutorial next tuesday, and hopefully more experiments with systems. Now, my exercises will focus on working with the cards as a whole rather than one after the other.

▷ What will the components of my system will be? How will they work each other? And above all what is the concept behind my deck?

Tarot Crit Ⅰ

January 24, 2011

For the first ‘real’ crit on the tarot project I decided to give myself a couple of exercises in relation to how to express, by minimal means, the meaning of the tarot cards.

each post-it is my answer to one constraint. For example the green one is: rename the card with one adjective and one noun. ⇧Here, I called the hierophant the transcendent guide. (☟) all the names I gave.

The pink note is one sentence that describes the card, but I am not really satisfied with the results so far. On the orange one there is one sign that could stand for the card, but this one is a bit going a step ahead and also really hard because it has been done already in the transparent tarot ( ☟ ).

Finally, on the yellow note, a colour which symbolizes the best the idea enclosed in the card (☟).

I also tried to find a freemasonic symbol for each card but still I didn’t find enough that match perfectly.

But to begin with I wanted to give the people in the crit an overview of the tarot world (that sounds really cheesy) so I compiled a summary of the different themed tarot decks I came across (☟).

(check the gummy bear tarot)

Plus, I enriched the previous research with some more decks (☟).


It has been a bit hard to present (without counting the fact that I was stopped every 30 secs to be asked something). But on the other hand it is good because now I know that I have to prepare a really clear and precise introduction to the topic. I explained my process etc, but Annegrete was mostly concerned about the reasons to do this project, for instance who is for, what is it for?  She also advised me to anaylse the system already existing. I told her that the only that was here was that the cards kept their meaning, the format can change, they don’t have to be numbered or named, there is only one rule that is to keep the same archetypes or ideas. As Andrea told me last week I have to understand the system of symbols that is underlying, and then my job will be to communicate it and finally make up my own major arcana deck.

For the time being what I am going to work on is a sort of explanatory booklet (this is the system analysis + the meaning of each card and the symbols associated to them). Ideally I would have done that by next monday. Then I am going to go on with my exercises/experimentations and make them as proper cards (to put them into context). So I will go to screenprinting to make my own colours and print the colour cards. I will do the same with the names and all the post its I have already made. The purpose of this is to create a toolbox that I can use when the time will be to create my deck.

The second step, will be to create my own system for my cards. For example, do I put the names, the numbers, how do the cards relate to each other, how are they different, do I have characters? How to put my own point of view and how do I add a new dimension? Who do I design it for? Why do I design it for?

Hopefully the first step will be accomplished by monday and I will be able to answer the questions from the second step.


January 22, 2011

See this post.

I didn’t really have a lot of feedback. I have been told to pay attention to how people react to what I present them. For example I don’t really like the stand one, but some did think that it was a strong statement. I don’t really know if I should have one prototype  that I present as a final answer or if I should show them all as part of an experiment around the problem I raised.

Anyways, the next step if to refine them and photograph them in a context that communicates the symbolism of each, for example the pillow book on a pillow.