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Design and develop a complex narrative in the form of a book that appropriately and effectively expresses your chosen content to your target audience. Your narrative must include a minimum of 12 pages (6 spreads) and a cover or, depending on an alternative media selection, a corresponding introductory design. Through your process, explore the user experience of typography through the ideas of type as voice, hierarchy, active and passive readership, and emotional experience. Consider thoughtful and inspired solutions to successfully meet the challenges of working with text, and explore complex levels of type hierarchy, readability, and rhythm and pacing as they relate to the narrative aspects found in book typography.
"The Revolution" juxtaposes the text from two poems, both addressing issues of racial inequality: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron and "The Revolution Will Be on the Big Screen" by Derrick I. M. Gilbert. The design is based on the concepts of disruption and residue. Revolution is a disruption of the status quo; the design likewise creates an uncomfortable, interrupted reading experience, with stricken text, overlapping words, screen grabs of bitmapped text, and pages of transparency film, which add to the complexity. The original texts are from 1970 (Televised) and 1995 (Big Screen), so Scott-Heron's poem is rendered in typewriter type not unlike that produced by the Royal typewriter he used, while Gilbert's is shown in a red, screen-based typeface. The texts are products of their respective eras, yet they foreground issues of racial inequality that persist today. Residue refers to ghosts of the past that linger, as text and photos progressively are obscured by the overlapping clear pages, yet they remain present in the background. The photo narrative pairs images from the Civil Rights era with images taken from today's headlines, exposing further layers of residue. The tablet version simulates the translucency of the printed book's transparent pages, while adding multimedia content, such as audio, downloads, and hyperlinks.
Like the original poems, "The Revolution" is a social and political piece intended to make readers think, feel, and act. The two poems were written to strike a nerve and move us to act. Likewise, "The Revolution" is designed as a metaphorical poke in the eye, a direct call to action, to think, to speak up, to vote. The overarching message is that, despite any perceived progress in race relations since passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we have not come as far from 1970 as the intervening years might suggest. The 20-page book's final call to action directs readers to the Federal government's voter registration website. The goal is to ensure every voice is registered and heard in both the legislative and judicial systems.