In 2014 I began writing down things I heard my friends say, either because they made me laugh or because they were things I wanted to remember. I decided to turn these micro interactions into a personal project in 2016, to make the quotes more than words; attaching them to something tangible. We all have memories connected to mental images of places and people. They remind us of moments in time, brief instances that have resonated with us for reasons we can’t always explain. Pieces from the people we cross paths with in life become embedded in who we are. Words from You is unique to me, but we all have words that are uniquely ours.
I gravitated towards finding a way to juxtapose seriousness and humor. A lot of the quotes are funny, to elevate this I wanted to make the humor understated in the supporting visual elements, creating an unexpected contrast.
For the first edition I created a series of 12 posters. The posters are bound in a 12.5"x16" oversized booklet and each one has a perforated edge so they can be torn out and displayed. Black and white combined with sans serif typography heightens the serious aspect, while the oversized book and written content evoke the humorous side of the project. Line compositions and repeated geometric shapes illustrate the quotes in an abstract way, reinforcing the hidden humor.