Halftone is a reprographic technique first patented by William Fox Talbot in 1852, but it wasn't until 1882 that the German Georg Meisenbach patented a commercially viable halftone process. The technique simulates continuous tone through the use of dots, varying either in size or spacing, and generating a gradient effect.
Having worked in the print industry for the last decade, designer Aaron Howes became fascinated with halftone printing techniques and the unique aesthetic it creates. A fan of the minimalism art movement, Aaron wanted to find a way to reduce imagery to its geometric core, whilst still retaining the subject's form. Using halftone as a jump off point, he painstakingly developed a technique over several years, settling on the accurate count of five thousand eight hundred and thirty four dots as the point where images begin to lose their visual clarity.
Aaron has created two editions of posters using his technique so far; 'Places' and 'Faces'. 'Places' charts some of the locations Aaron has visited in recent years and has been a unique way for him to capture memories from his travels. 'Faces' pays tribute to some of Aaron's heroes and forms a great companion series to the earlier works, presenting a whole new direction for the project to move into.
Whilst continuing to work on additions to each series, Aaron is also on the hunt for commission pieces to expand the collection further, and is excited to see what else 5834 dots can reveal.
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