Rully Irawan — Stompboxes
If you ever see a live band performance, probably you saw small colorful boxes on the ground in front of them. These small boxes are called guitar effects or the simpler term is “STOMPBOX”. Stompbox is an electronic device that can change the sound of an instrument commonly used for guitar players to find their signature sound. These are the small sidekicks for the gods in guitars. From Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, Tom Morello, Prince, even the cheesy ass guitar player from Nickelback…all of them have their own collection of stompboxes. Just like the sound, each stompboxes have their own name and characteristic in appearance. Some of them look cool some of them looks ugly. Looking deeper to the typography, what is the recipe to make type for stompboxes?
HOW TO FIT IN
1 – Listen to the sound, if it is a loud distortion make the type look mean with sharp serifs. Custom lettering are also good. But please, match it with the sound.2 – Visualize the function with a suitable typeface. For example, use a serious typeface if the stompbox is for compression and use a funky typeface if it is for auto wah.3 – Express the name of the stompbox. If the name of the stompbox is “Shake” make the type look shaky.4 – Add decoration and/or illustration to that match and support the name of the stompbox.5 – Make it colourful. 6 – Place it on the center. Just a little bit above the switch of the stompbox7 – Still not working? Again, listen to the sound.