Pendulum

Role
Designer
Illustrator

Industry
Poetry Book

Year
2018

Design Tools
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop

Buzzwords
Book Layout
Lyrical Typography
Illustration
Pendulum is a poetry anthology by British writer Ellena Smith-Culverston. The final volume contains a series of 15 poems. Each poem is accompanied by a hand-drawn illustration printed on vellum and intended to overlap with the written word. The volume is intended to have the sensation of a dream journal, with scribbled drawings and late-night thoughts. The cover is adorned with a five-point pendulum drawing, rrepresentative of the anthology's title.
Problem
Ellena Smith-Culverston expressed that her poetry is mostly performed aloud. This created a unique problem -- I wanted to find a way that translated the lyrical quality of her poetry to print. Poetry is a highly intimate artform and I wanted to find a way to convey the personal quality of the poems while allowing the reader to become absorbed in the work.
Solution
Inspired by the poetry of E.E. Cummings, I laid out each poem the way they would be spoken -- using white space, bolds, italics and size changes to convey the rhythm of each poem. The unique layout is sometimes mirrored by geometric shapes in the case of single-page poems. Each poem interacts with the illustration to create a seamless whole.
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