Design a typographic work that explores the subject of 'Taboos'. We expect you to investigate the widest interpretation of the word from historical, cultural and international perspectives.
My book is about the taboos that are associated with the disease schizophrenia. My book follows the life of an anonymous author writing about their experiences and struggles in the form of a diary or journal. I generated, researched and wrote all of my content, and got inspiration for my diary entries from real entries and blog posts that I gathered online from victims who were suffering from schizophrenia. I pieced my collection of diary entries together and recreated them to resemble a story from an anonymous patient. Pulling real diary entries from real patients helped make my book feel more genuine, honest and real.
The type in my book has two distinct voices; one of the author’s real thoughts that are represented with Museo Sans and Helvetica Neue LT Std, and the other being the schizophrenic voices in the author’s head, represented with illustrative, hand-drawn type. Furthermore, the illustrative type was created with different types of handwriting to show the many different voices a schizophrenic can hear in their head. I heavily focused on the symptom of visual and auditory hallucinations because it’s such a defining trait of schizophrenia. I wanted my journal to feel like it had multiple voices, all demanding that the writer of the diary entries do or say different things.
After researching the disease, I saw many different stereotypes, and I wanted to bring the truth to light by showing the story of a victim, rather than providing facts and statistics. The journal style of my book provides a more personal relationship with the viewer, and helps them understand what a schizophrenic actually experiences and struggles with daily.