This assignment is self-authored and Inspired by a trip to the Middle East. The graphic/typographic illustration is a prayer for areas of conflict to live in peace.
The map of the Middle East is covered with the words “love thy neighbor as thyself” from Leviticus 19:18. “Love thy neighbor as thyself” reads horizontally across each line of text as well as vertically at the start of each line of text. The typeface is 7-point Frutiger Condensed chosen for its clarity at such a small size. Tracking and kerning are used to conform to the map. Borders of countries are highlighted with Frutiger Black Condensed. Short ascender heights and short descender lengths allow for tight line spacing and coverage of the map. The closeness of the line spacing is a metaphor of how geographically proximal these areas of conflict are as well as a reflection of the shared history of these conflicting cultures. This underscores why it is so desirous to try to live together peacefully.
The resulting illustration has been exhibited in “Variantology,” an exhibition featuring the work of the faculty and staff of the Division of Expanded Media in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, School of Art and Design, NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University. It is also featured in the catalog of the exhibition. More importantly, results have included appreciation for this illustration from a young woman whose husband is currently stationed in Iraq.