A typographical piece that highlights frankensteins bipolar tendencies by applying the principles of graphology to visualize his Severe mood swings.
One of the main themes of the story of Frankenstein is the protagonist’s tendency towards violent mood swings. At the time the story was set, sometime in the 1700s, little was known about mental health. Nowadays, Victor’s affliction would have most likely been diagnosed as bipolar disorder. By definition, bipolar disorder is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or irritable mood and depression. In order to visualise the mood swings of Victor Frankenstein throughout the book, and also the diary-like style that the story is written in, graphology, the study of handwriting is applied to the text.
To strengthen the inner conflict theme that the protagonist is going through whilst fighting with his mood swings, the Book is split into two volumes. The actual split is taken from the 2nd edition published in 1821 but instead of having two separate volumes, they are bound together in a dos-a-dos style. This reflects the fact that although Frankensteins moods are extreme, he is still the same person. The title of the book wraps around the whole cover and is Franklin Gothic in 2 weights split in two and then moulded together.
The Book is entirely handmade.