For this assignment, we were instructed to create a solely typographic zine based on a poem of our choice. To show the emotion of the poem and create rhythm, our goal was to manipulate the type to visually display it.
To create my Zine, I first learned as much as I could about my author, Dorthy Parker, and her state of mind when this poem was written. I then created an outline of the poem and figured out which words and phrases I wanted to emphasize every page. Since this poem is based on Dorothy's recital of self-hatred, I decided early that I wanted a repetition of words to be one of the main focal points of this piece. I also decided to show the dramatic shift in emotion throughout this piece with a stark black and white contrast. I chose the secondary color of red to represent Dorothy and the eventual love after the poem. My next step was a typography study where I found different contrasting typefaces that portrayed the emotions of the poem. Once the piece was complete, I decided to place it on a cold looking black slab of cement as a visual cue of the darkness of the work.
Overall, this Zine got a great reaction and resignated well with my audience because of the way the typography contrast its self. The audience enjoyed the moments of dark chaos that were followed by light moments of typography that were surrounded by negative space. The audience felt that the poem was easy to follow and the emotion and tone were apparent from the first page.