So far I have been working analog, using existing typefaces and a foundation and seeing what types of forms I can make from them. One of the struggles I am having with that is that I am sticking true to the typeface, it is somewhat limiting my experimentation. From this I am going to strip down to basic letterforms and decipher what exactly are the 'iconic' forms of each letter. In this process I am also putting more research in to finding out exactly what 'negative space' is as I am having a hard time defining some sort of rule set as the where the defining shape or form starts and ends. With this idea, I am working on deriving a set of shapes that could define all letterforms. Organic as well as geometric forms are starting to take place, most letters naturally hold an organic shape that is easy to work with where as some don't and they are proving to be more difficult. My next approach may be that of seeing how an overlay and play of positive and negative work with contrasting serif, sans serif, and slab serif styled typefaces.
Below is a take on what I have developed this week, it is fairly basic but I am hoping that through this process I will be able to get a better handle on the basic form and converting that to abstraction.
typefaces used: Helvetica LT, Bauer Bodoni, Garamond, & Serifa (above)
Second take with Bodoni, just playing with the 'iconic' form of each letter and trying to develop a sense of minimal definition.