thisisisis is a project visualizes an investigation. A detailed investigation into history, politics, media and design. Starting from looking for credible sources to generate content, and ending at selecting the appropriate and legible symbol to signify footnotes.
This research on war, aircrafts and bombs and death took place during San Francisco fleet week – this combination gave me chills; I realized we are directly influenced by global politics more than we actually think. One question I kept asking myself through the process is how do I convey this significant information in the most effective manner given the medium and topic? I understood that basic simplicity naturally would not apply. Once half way into my research, I began developing ideas of layout and hierarchy. I know that the timeline would run in parallel with another hierarchic system, and vertically that the years would be grouped. I was also considering diagraming the involvement of countries over the years, which I later translated into the flags.
The timeline was constructed like a cake. The foundation began with the timeline content I had researched. Next came in the row of flags, headline summary, image, image capture, and appendix. My initial drafts led me to doubt the medium I chose; print. Why? It was not a decision I thoroughly examined at first, but I knew I wanted impact and the presence of thisisisis in an environment. As my timeline began gaining density, I considered changing the medium to on screen, where scroll would create interaction, although it would probably end up not as impactful. Inspired by newspapers, I thought of combining the function with the form of this diagram, and the solution was to fold. The fold gives this document multi-functions, where it could be read individually and flipped through, or spread out for exposure to group audiences. Working with this double-applicable scale was typographically a challenge. I intended for the timeline to have a life on a classroom wall, and in someone’s hand as they’re taking the subway to work. Eventually I had also discovered the opportunity the folded diagram had to unfold a narrative.
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