Mason Terrill: Nobel Prize

Interview with Mason Terrill for the Baseline blog.

ISTD Student Assessment

I heard of the ISTD through University and after researching I decided the student competition brief would be a good challenge.

Researching the history of the Nobel Prize

My aim was to not be too exclusive with it. I wanted to know everything to do with the Nobel Prize. Not only the obvious facts but the weird and wonderful controversies that have been related to the prize.

My concept

I answered the ‘And the winner is…’ brief that aimed to celebrate the Nobel Prize. My idea was to give a very full account of the Nobel Prize. From cataloguing every person who won it, giving background on the prize, case studies on each subject, and odd facts about the Laureates.

The most ‘detailing’ part of my project

The splitting of the separate awards and creating a clear difference between them through the use of colour. In contrast to this I created a feeling of entwining the stories and narratives with an irregular juxtaposition of images and text. This journey is also hinted through the open coptic stitching that gives a hint of the hands-on, unfinished and rustic nature to which the achievements of the Nobel Prize often are.

The type was created to feel contemporary and functional to show what the prize has become, whilst also having an air of a rich, prestigious, and confident history. In order to convey these potentially different ideas – Lexicon was typeset, alongside Akzidenz.

What I have learnt

I think forcing myself into a project which has a main focus on precision of type has meant I have forced myself to delve deeper into typographic detailing.

Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.
Nobel Prize. Mason Terrill, 2016.

Mason Terrill

University for the Creative Arts, Epsom
BA Graphic Design


About ISTD

International Society of Typographic Designers, ISTD, the professional body for typographers, graphic designers and educators.

The ISTD student assessment scheme, started in 1975, is cited as a model of academic thoroughness and professionalism. Unlike many others, the scheme is not a competition as it considers the holistic achievement – not just the final outcome. The overall design process of research, reflection, strategy, design development, technical and production specification is assessed by teams of practicing designers and educators. Students who are successful in the scheme are offered membership of the Society.

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