A fascination with edible text led to this project, in which words and letters were constructed out of Jell-O, both physically and subsequently programmatically.
What a strange, all-American food Jell-O is! A curiosity surrounding physical representations of text drew me construct Jell-O letters: an alphabet constructed out of Jell-O.
These physical letters draw attention to their own construction — the way that the prongs of a capital E tend to wilt downwards with gravity, the way an M‘s legs sometimes stick together — and allow us to encounter the structure of words and the material weight of language in a new, sensitized manner.
Friday Nights Fish Baked Potato (October 2011)
The Jell-O alphabet has two modes. The first is “wobble:”
The second is “squish:”
The concept for this project began in 2009 while I was studying computer science at Harvard. I created a simple Java application to make words into static Jell-O. I call this series, I promise I’ll be a good designer: