Although we’ve been getting interesting work and continue to get interesting work, this is no time—at least in the United States—for expansive or energetic new projects because the economy has been so abused and people are very cautious about new interventions. There’s been a cold hand that has engulfed the design system here, driven by the economic conditions, which have taken nearly all the fat out of the system, and it is in the fat that the flavour resides.
original photo book idea
The first photobook I worked on had sections divided by color which is a result of my observation of color in the environment while over there. The book opened with the following intro:
Everything happened very suddenly between me hearing about the week-long trip as part of the Graphic Design London course, deciding that I would like to go, me asking my parents if I could, and them making it possible without any hesitation—one of the countless things they’ve done for me that I’ll always be thankful for. My excitement grew during the months leading up to the trip as I heard from family and friends who had been there, that London is a lovely place.
I expected it to be “gorgeous” and “stunning” as any other vacation destination would be, but I never expected to become so attached to London after only one week there. It is the first place I’ve traveled abroad to that didn’t feel merely like a vacation spot, but a city where I would love to live and work.
“Lovely” is the perfect adjective to describe London from my point of view, because beyond the surface, beyond Big Ben, the London Eye, and the red phone booths, there is something more charming, more reservedly beautiful about the place—the kind of beauty that is appealing to me, not because it is flashy and overwhelmingly breathtaking, but because it stems from my admiration of the approachable, friendly, humorous, and playful personality of the city.
These observations only come from my own first experience with the city of London during the week of March 10-16, 2013. These photographs are not necessarily a fully educated comment on British culture nor an unbiased comparison to my current location, Boston, Massachusetts. I would have to spend much longer than a week in London to even scratch the surface on those topics. Rather, these photos, and the arrangement of them, are a way for me to reflect on an eye-opening experience and an attempt to share the story of how an admittedly travel-bug-bitten designer fell in love with the city of London.
It was pointed out that there was a bit of a disconnect between my initial research question about London’s personality and the color division, so I decided to move in a different direction, but I will post some of the spreads from the original book.