Context / Background:

For this typographic book project on disorders, I decided to research General Anxiety Disorder and explore the causes and effects of anxiety. The main purpose of this book was to create a clear visual connection between this disorder and the book structure itself while covering the disorder's origins, diagnostics, causes, symptoms, treatment, and individual case studies.

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Solution:

My editorial strategy throughout the book is intended to mimic the feeling of anxiety. There is a shift from clarity to chaos as the book progresses. It begins with a clear structured format with large breathable margins, slowly transitioning into a cluttered and less legible format that breaks the underlying grid structure. This is supposed to resemble the uncontrollable waves of anxiety caused by the disorder. ​​​​​​

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Pages:

These example pages show how different content receives different treatment to adhere to the overarching editorial strategy. On the left we see the symptoms of anxiety creating a gradient to represent the highs and lows of anxiety. While on the right we see the causes of anxiety piling up on each other creating density sporadically in areas of high concentration.

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Connotative Strategy:

This shift from clarity to chaos can be seen on the title page to give the reader a taste of what is to come. This strategy was not only visual but also determined the chronological order of the content within the book. This example demonstrates how text often breaks beyond the grid structure, expanding across the spread in an unconfined manner. The bold chaotic text stretches over the spread disrupting the clarity and legibility of the text beneath. This is meant to be a visual representation of what living with general anxiety disorder feels like. 

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Results:

This project taught me about the process of gathering and compiling research, properly grouping information, and creating a cohesive system between content and structure.