For the web design project, I chose a Greece-based organization, ANTIGONE – Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence, whose aims are rooted in social justice, and whose current website is quite lacking (http://www.antigone.gr/en/). This allowed me to start from scratch.
To add some exciting design features, I used ancient Greek symbols on the side of each panel, which gives a sense of history to the site. It also connects Greece to its ancient roots. The contemporary elements of the site — text, images, shapes, icons — contrast the historical symbols, giving weight to the discrimination and inequality still occurring.
For this project, I used an article from The New York Times magazine that chronicles the final days of the Hong Kong umbrella movement protest and occupation, and also envisions its next steps. I renamed my article After the Rain as a play on the umbrella, which become the international symbol of the movement when protesters used umbrellas to shield themselves from police tear gas. My color scheme was black, white, yellow and blue.
The article opening features a gritty image of a man running from a hazy background. He covers his face and holds an umbrella that has been blown inside out. He runs toward the right, surrounded by a large yellow semicircle. This color and movement lead the reader’s eye off the page and beckon them to read more. Despite the gritty reality of the situation, the man runs toward a hopeful future.
While strolling through Green Lakes State Park, the SU campus and several other everyday environments, I was struck by the number of shapes and patterns resembling letters of the alphabet. Especially for typography found in organic environments, the fact that human inventions mimic nature, and not the other way around, became particularly evident to me. This project also led me to notice details in campus art and architecture that I had not paid attention to in my seven years studying and working at SU. The “B” above was captured from imagery in a mosaic mural, The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti by Ben Shahn, on the Huntington-Beard-Crouse building.
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