It’s true: A picture is worth a thousand words. But the blending of picture and words can be so much more powerful. When my father died in 2009, I wanted to create a portrait from one of his photos, a gift for my mom and siblings. As I began to sketch, I kept hearing Dad’s words – his catchphrases, jokes, favorite memories. I began playing with fonts, drawing from my fine arts training and decades of graphic design experience – until I was satisfied that the portrait reflected as much as it could about Dad.
Then I started thinking about all of the ways I could capture my family’s life with this approach. A portrait of my daughter going to kindergarten, recounting her charming toddler phrases. My niece as a senior, capturing her high school memories. Our wedding portrait, infused with words for a special anniversary. The list went on and on.
And wordfaces was born.