WAITING FOR SOMETHING BETTER
To create a high quality, dignified publication covering intimate and difficult stories of mental health with dignity and strength. The use of hand drawn illustrations was also a specified tool to use to tell these stories, whilst providing them with anonymity.
Thoughtful, emotive illustrations and a strong sense of voice were things I looked for in other designs to give inspiration to my work.
The storytellers in this book talk about very personal and sensitive topics. They also all wanted to be anonymous. I worked with those who had interviewed the storytellers to create portraits that were not identifiable and also portrayed their character. Regular feedback from project leads and the people telling their stories helped to create a design that was not triggering in any way, whilst also addressing the nature of the stories.
This book has a calm, dignified and warm feel. The biggest challenge from this brief was finding a way of giving these people the space for their stories to have impact and strength. Accessibility and an avoidance of any kind of visual triggers led to a light, warm palette, consistent layouts and soft, fluid watercolours.