words from you.
2014 - present
Print Design & Production
Words from You is a personal project that I have been working on subconsciously since 2014. I started writing down things that I heard people say during different kinds of conversations. Periodically I would look back at these quotes and I could always remember who said them and when it was.
In late 2016, I decided to turn the habit I had of documenting these micro-interactions into a design project using all of the skills that I acquired at the Creative Academy. My intent was to make the quotes more than words, to attach them to something tangible that would not only resonate with me but with everyone.
I believe that we all have memories of good and bad nature, attached to images of places and people in our heads. These mental pictures are invaluable to us in many ways. They remind us of moments in time, things we’ve been through, things that made us smile; brief instances that have resonated with us for reasons we can’t always explain. I believe that pieces from the people we cross paths with in life become embedded in who we are, and everyone leaves an impression, even in the smallest way. Words from You is unique to me, but we all have words that are uniquely ours.
My goal for this project was to figure out how to manifest all of the quotes and present them in a way that made sense given the context. The subjects of each one varies greatly, however it was important to me that they were visually cohesive with one another and strong both independently and as a unit.
Concept & Challenge :
I contemplated many potential executions for Words from You, I gravitated towards finding a way to juxtapose seriousness and humor. A lot of the quotes are funny, to elevate this I thought making the humor understated in the supporting visual elements would create a nice contrast.
This project will be ongoing, for the first edition I created a series of 12 15” x 20” posters. The posters are saddle-stitched in a booklet and each one has a perforated edge so they can be torn out and displayed.
I stuck to a black and white color palette and used a sans-serif typeface to attain the serious aspect, while the oversized book and the content on the posters evokes the humorous side of the project. Each supporting graphic was designed specifically for the quote it was paired with, I used lined compositions and repeated geometric shapes to illustrate the quote in an abstract way. My goal with this was to reinforce the hidden humor.
" That's what snow feels like to me, like everything has soft edges "
- Cameron M. Fletcher
" You can do anything in 28 minutes "
- Liz McCarty
" I just wanna see mother nature tear some shit up "
- Jeffrey Lake
" For all the pear lovers out there "
- Andrew Engen
" You are the sky behind the storm, you're not the storm "
- Aj Hanneld
" Skin contact is happening "
- Clayton Crenshaw
" Dude, I was past toasted ... I was burnt "
- Sydney Green
" He's a taco with no spice "
- Sydney Green