From the first alphabet to the Internet and beyond...
take the evolution of any idea, movement, organism, system, etc and translate it in your personal way.
It wasn't the brief one dreams about.
At first I wanted my graduation project to be something personal, of huge proportions and awkward perspective. A month passed, everything was going well until I was enlightened by my instructors asking me about the purpose of my project. They didn’t say much yet I understood a lot. One phrase caught me:
“...and then what? You are telling us about yourself. But what is it that you want to communicate?”.
The answer was clear: nothing.
So I erased all what I worked on and started off with fresh ideas. Finally, I settled on the communication subject and, not wanting to go into the maze that is the evolution of communication in its infinite sections, I chose the evolution of communication in brief till we got the Internet: now and later.
The final format is a 120-pages double-book (two books binded into one that open from both sides).
*Note: please take into consideration that the content of this book is based on the personal knowledge and experience of my 2007 version.
It contains information about the evolution of communication in brief and how everything led to the birth of the digital elements thus creating a new reality in which the Internet is taking more importance with every passing instant.
The graphic work in the book is simple. It seeks the attention of the reader & his curiosity. The first section contains the evolution of communication in brief and how it led to the invention of the Internet. The second section is consecrated to the Internet and divided into 5sub-sections that briefly summarize the different aspects available to the user.
Every sub-section starts with a definition of the aspect with a negative and positive side to it. A personal interpretation of the negatives and positives of each aspect are found in each section whether using illustrations, dynamic typographic spreads, visual humor, witty thoughts, infographics, etc
The first part ends with questions that lead the reader to the second part: “after @”.
Or is it?
I just wonder what's after @..."
It represents my own vision of what lies after the Internet age and what may become of us humans following the ever-speeding technological evolution. The message is passed in a simple way that uses a story-telling style.
I describe, visually, this new world called Galaxia, where communication occurs only in a pure digital form with no human emotions or whatsoever, a new “language” replaces any other language known to Man.
The only “conversation” in the book takes place somewhere near its middle; in it are revealed all the basic information about Galaxia: “You are nothing but an advanced piece of data in Galaxia”.
It is quite dark but serves as a reminder and warning for every reader of the book. The severe contrast found between the two books whether graphically or conceptually is essential to the whole concept.