Stories Beyond Words

Do journalistic ethics apply to the role of designer? This series of projects connects design and journalism through their acts of selecting, prioritizing, coloring, and cutting information, and reconciles the two influences in my work.

From discussions evolved the photo and type series, Portrait of a Journalist, which later sparked works of design-as-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.