As Part of my experimentation and exploration of Synesthesia I want to create hand bound books incorporating Synesthesia into their design.
The Text: "The Yellow Wall-Paper" by Charlotte https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1952/1952-h/1952-h.htm
Perkins Gilman, C. (1892). The Yellow Wall-Paper. The New England Magazine.
I have however run into a problem:
What colour are ligatures? Individually the letters have they're own colours, but once combined, it becomes a new grapheme. I didn't even consider this, because I didn't know this would happen. I should have perhaps considered the impact on letters when choosing a typeface, not only its aesthetics.
I sent out an email to the Synesthesia Community saying: "I was wondering how ligatures in typographic affects your grapheme to colour synesthesia. For me, certain letters will over power the colour of the other letter. So “fi” will become green because the green of F is stronger than the cyan of I."
Mary wrote back to me saying: "For me, Christine, the colors stay separate and equal. Where I run into trouble is with computer monitors which, for me, drastically bleach out the colors, making reading difficult."
I can see why, if the colours remain separate, this could become a problem with the formatting I'm doing. However, as the colours in this book are based on my experiences, I have decided to could ligatures are one colour.
Lauren also wrote to me, saying: "It’s the exact same for me. “Fi” is entirely white because both of those letters are white for me, but “ae” is mostly baby pink but you can kind of see it blend a little with the golden yellow of the “e.” I also see colored backgrounds in their spatial position, so “Fi” has a silvery blackish background but “ae” is more of a reddish orange background."
I've talked to Carla, who previously helped me with my screenprints, and will help me on this book project. She suggested places from which I could get bookmaking materials and papers. This paper immediately caught my eye, as this would make for a good cover design.