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The focus was to explore typography as a way to write poetry and to express a designer’s voice. This project focuses on language related to “sound.”
This piece is a tribute to those women that came forward against Harvey Weinstein, which began the “me too” movement. Seen here are the names of the Weinstein accusers (as of October 2017) breaking through the lyrics of the Simon & Garfunkel song “The Sound of Silence.” The overall shape of the letters form The Weinstein Company logo, which is dissolving into an hourglass. This symbolizes how societal change can take a long time, but these women coming forward has set that change in motion.
For me, the “me too” movement has been both incredibly empowering and saddening. As wonderful as it is to see people speaking out against those who have sexually harassed and assaulted them, it’s never enjoyable to find out that the actors, news anchors, politicians, etc. that we loved have done awful things. These moments can also dredge up terrible memories for sexual assault victims, particularly when social media feeds are filled with friends and family sharing their own stories. While I personally have been harassed and touched-against-my-will, I never felt strong enough to tweet or post about my experiences – even though I am I proud of those who did choose to share their stories. Perhaps it’s because my own experiences are complex and nuanced, and I cared about those individuals, in spite of their wrong-doings. But I realize that is true for many of the people who spoke up too, and that is part of why it takes so much strength for them to share.
A simple typographic poster expressing a part of a complex issue.