In amongst the forty-eight pages of this typographic journal, Hannah explored the impact of Deconstruction Theory. This book was created during a 2016 university module which explored digital design at large, before honing in on typography. Hannah was also tasked with creating her own font to finalise the body of work.
⟢ The Concept ⟣
The theory of Deconstruction first began as a literary concept which was proposed by a French philosopher named Jacques Derrida. The theory argues that all human ideals, such as truth, justice, order, and normality, are impossible to define. Everything is characterised by its complex instability. Derrida's thought processes have been applied to many creative practices from then on. Deconstruction has inspired famous architecture, art, and even some major fashion collections.
The book had to be designed using Adobe InDesign. Hannah also wrote all of the content, making this a well-presented research piece.
⟢ Typeface Design ⟣
This original font had to reflect Deconstruction Theory and cover the A-Z capitals, 0-9 numbers, and basic punctuation symbols. Hannah's final typeface was sans serif and it used mismatched overlays, creating strong lettering which was still legible to print and read.
⟢ Hannah's Book ⟣
Hannah applied clashing visuals to an unusual layout, deconstructing standardised book design. Every page had to look different to the last. In order to truly embody Derrida's concept, Hannah had to break a lot of design rules. She purposely faded out paragraph text, made some words illegible, and embraced typographical pet peeves, such as rivers, widows, and orphans. The letter spacing was made to be intentionally uneven, and the images were rarely cohesive or complementary to the text. The only constant throughout book was change itself.