Choosing a poem from a selection, create a mini poetry zine that typographically represents the rhythm, emotion, themes, and energy of the work.
Given a list of poems to choose from, the Armadillo piqued my interest with its stark imagery and whimsical language intertwined with darker themes of destruction and death. The poem tells a story of a lantern festival for an honored saint ironically turning destructive and burning down the hillside. To represent the ebb and flow of quiet and loud, the type moves with escalation and de-escalation, rising and falling with the tone of the poem. Created with photoshop brushes by hand, the textured, layered background forms an environment for the type to float in, almost as if the letters are lanterns moving through the night sky. It remains abstract enough for the type to shine, demonstrating the simultaneous beauty and destruction of the lantern festival.
This zine is successful in capturing the movement and energy of the piece through varying scales, orientation, positioning, and interaction with background elements. It effectively tells a story through the letterforms and secondary elements aside from actually reading the poem.