CRACKING THE CODE
What is “da Rin-j One’s Code?”
Words. Are. Energy.
Words are powerful—forming mental images that evoke messages, meanings, and memories. Just as line,
shape, color, form, and texture are the basic units (elements) of art, letters and characters are the basic units of how humans communicate.
“da Rin-j One‘s Code” typography designs are composed from the letters (and occasionally, numbers & characters) of each title—overlapping, intersecting, and connecting—to form the structural design.
Feeling like a detective? Put on your Holmes’ hat and look for each letter within the typography designs.
Rules of “da Rin-j One’s Code”
Need a clue or two (or five)?
Darin’s Creative Journey
How did I get here?
In 1984, at the age of 12, I was given a calligraphy pen set and studied calligraphy at a community education class.
A couple of years later—while studying the works of Miró and Picasso in school—I developed an emerging passion for incorporating geometric shapes with human elements. Then, later in college, I studied the organic aesthetics of typography and how letters and words are, in themselves, art forms.
One day, in 2004, I had this crazy urge to grab some paper and abstractly sketch the 26 letters of the English alphabet—three times over. By day’s end, I had created 78 total designs. Two years following, I experienced—through a life training of sorts—the importance and power words have in what we say.
It wasn’t until 2010, that I actually combined a friend’s three initials into one design—overlapping, intersecting, and connecting—and then painted it for him as a gift for letting me bunk with him in his Upper West Side apartment in NYC for a month.
After years of creating typography designs exclusively as paintings, a close friend suggested I turn them into black-line design pages. Now, in your hands, you have the great fortune of coloring, doodling, and transforming these brilliant designs to make them your own.