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    The Curious Paradox: Stammering in our society serves to shed light upon the shy presence of the speech impediment in society. Those who are affe… Read More
    The Curious Paradox: Stammering in our society serves to shed light upon the shy presence of the speech impediment in society. Those who are affected by stammering encounter uncomfortable and testing situations almost everyday that pass by unbeknownst to the non-stammerer. The content of the publication is completely original, all taken from personal interviews with stammerers of varying age groups and genders. Considering the lack of existing material on and for stammerers, I felt that as a person who as stammered all their life it was essential to create new material from which new meanings and understandings on the topic can be drawn. Huge, huge thanks are due to everyone involved in this project: my tutors at the department of Visual Communication, NCAD and all of the interviewees — James, Mark, Carl, Jonathon, Veronica, Bevin, Benjamin and Scroobius Pip — without whom The Curious Paradox could not be what it currently is. Thanks so much. Read Less
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The Curious paradox:
stammering in our society

The Curious Paradox: Stammering in our society serves to shed light upon the shy presence of the speech impediment in society. Those who are affected by stammering encounter uncomfortable and testing situations almost everyday that pass by unbeknownst to the non-stammerer.

The content of the publication is completely original, all taken from personal interviews with stammerers of varying age groups and genders. Considering the lack of existing material on and for stammerers, I felt that as a person who has stammered all their life it was essential to create new material from which new meanings and understandings on the topic can be drawn.
Simplon Stammer, an altered version of Swiss typeface Simplon Mono created by myself specifically for the publication, is utilised throughout as a means of representing the voice of the stammerer. As such, it is only used whenever an interviewee with a stammer speaks. In contrast, MT Grotesque with a blue tint is used to denote fluency, or a voice without stammering.
The colours used in the publication are also significant — blue for fluency, and black or grey for stammering, and red for stammerers' anecdotes.
The title of the publication alludes to American psychologist Carl Roger's quote, whereby he stated that 'the curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.' As such the overall message of the publication is that of acceptance — acceptance of the fact that the impediment may never leave. Only then can the stammerer gain control over their life and be comfortable in themselves.
Huge, huge thanks are due to everyone involved in this project: my tutors at the department of Visual Communication, NCAD and all of the interviewees — James, Mark, Carl, Jonathon, Veronica, Bevin, Benjamin and Scroobius Pip — without whom The Curious Paradox could not be what it currently is. Thanks so much.