Stories Beyond Words

This project resulted from applying discussion on journalistic ethics to the role of designer. Connecting the professions through their acts of selecting, prioritizing, coloring, and cutting information. The use of grids, frames, cropping, and hierarchy in design have clear parallels to a journalism’s role and ethical responsibilities as editors and gatekeepers of information.

This evolved into the Portrait of a Journalist, and then into graphic journalism.

I left years ago is a companion to the Portrait of a Journalist. It was resolved out of studies on indicating speech, cadence, volume, tone and quavering through typography.

My Whole Life was resolved out of studies in using typography to say more than the literal words that are typed out. It gave me the chance to eschew the tendencies of the writer and editor in me. I forced myself to set aside legibility for its own sake, in favor of more succinct visual grammar, and the prose is intentionally left representing the raw, stream-of-consciousness style of the original. These are both things I have a strong aversion to, and My Whole Life was an opportunity to be uncomfortable.