Izzi Menzies (she/her)
I am a designer that works in a range of media, taking inspiration from pop culture, questioning societal norms and using uncomfortable elements to create a new dialogue. My work takes a variety of different forms, be that coding, lettering, type and editorial design, or sometimes a combination of all. I try to create a balance within my work between playful elements and more refined outcomes, exploring unconventional ideas in depth.
Hortus is a serif typeface inspired by Victorian Greenhouses. It is designed as a display typeface, with high contrast, but can also be used in body copy. Focusing on the iron work and structural qualities of greenhouses, the serifs and counters are all curved, allowing for seamless connections. Most letterforms attach to form structures and windows within the negative space. I also designed accompanying fleurons that can be used to create ornamental borders and accents.
Chewing Gum is an interactive website which responds to sound and explores misophonia: a condition characterised by extreme sensitivity and reactivity to specific, typically repetitive and relatively soft sounds, including chewing. Taking inspiration from surrealist film and uncanny valley phenomena, this website employs various animation techniques, AI, coding and image making to create intrigue and disgust.
Go piss is a collaborative publication which explores the public/private nature of toilets through celebrity gossip culture. Using visual play, we exaggerated a series of stories to create a salacious narrative borrowed from gossip magazines and the golden age of paparazzi. The materiality of the book reflects the space of the bathroom, taking inspiration from loo roll and notes written across toilet cubicles.
Flash Sheet (exhibition identity)
Identity design for the Communication Design Y4 work in progress show. We wanted to avoid the design feeling stuffy and boring (which we felt was a misconception about Com Des), instead aiming to highlight the personality of the course and the fun of experimentation. We decided on the theme of temporary tattoos as a way of looking at the ephemeral nature of a WIP show compared to the permanence of degree show.