This newspaper was handed out at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie end exam exhibition 2006, where
the graphic design department had its own show, to give people that visited the show
something to take home,
something that gave them background information on the things they had seen.
I interviewed my classmates about what kind of texts they had been reading or using,
what kind of texts were important or inspiring for them.
This makes a portrait of a class, but also a portrait of the different kinds of
text that exist (they talked about science-fiction, RSS feed, newspapers, fanzines,
dictionaries, advice-books, novels, internet forums, Georges Perec, tags, revolutionary
texts etc.), how texts can be read differently, and what role typography plays in this.
Within a simple column-structure, I gave everybody his/her own kind of typography,
based on the subject he/she talks about. For example, Clare Mc Nally talks
about why she likes to read dictionaries. Her interview has the typography of a
dictionary; the first word she says with an 'a' is bold and set apart from the
rest of the text, the next word starting with 'b' gets the same treatment etc.
This makes an abc of: and, but, computer, don't, every, find, get, having, is etc.
This treatment doesn't make it easier to read the interview, but it does make
you aware of the way you read and how typography can guide you in this.
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