From the thunderstorms in Zambia, to the coal mines of the steam age, or an oral history of jazz in Britain, these all can be listened to in the British Library Sounds collection. That’s why I decided to propose a visual solution to represent the variety of this sound collection.
Is there any graphic design methods that could match the very essential core of sound? Sound is a vibration. By changing the frequency range, dynamic range, space and time of the vibration, different sound effects are created.
Similar to the role vibration plays in sound generation, a grid system could be a significant aspect in graphic design. Rhythm and tension are produced by arranging the two dimensional spaces in the form of a grid. Meanwhile, the grid system has long been proven to be an efficient and effective way to organise mass information. This method has been used in this project to present the British Library Sounds catalogue in a range of A2 size posters.