Designer / Storyteller
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Home Language

Home Language

Home Language features many of the numerous languages and cultures that call Pittsburgh home. Bringing together local artists and writers from different neighborhoods across Pittsburgh, the exhibition highlights the diversity of our city through music, art and writing.

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Basics—

  • publicity and typography for the gallery showcase “Home Language”

  • set of flyers (letter size), posters (tabloid size) and a set of banners (3’8’) for publicity

  • typeset Arabic, Mandarin, and Nepali, as well as other non-English languages that use the Roman alphabet

Skills—

Illustrator, typography, advertising

Overview—

This work is for Home Language, a gallery showcase meant to highlight Pittsburgh’s linguistic and cultural diversity. I was commissioned to do the publicity work, as well as typeset the non-English language poems for the writing portion of the exhibit. The show was organized by Project-LOGUE a Pittsburgh organization that showcases the “story of Pittsburgh” and all its diversity.

The non-English languages were the focus of the exhibit, and so I decided to show off their alphabets, turning varies characters from the feature languages into a typographic pattern that became the unifying element across all publicity pieces. The bright color palette also highlighted the diversity of the showcase.

This was my first opportunity to typeset languages which used characters other than the Latin Alphabet, something I really enjoyed. Through working with characters I couldn’t understand, I came to further appreciate the beauty of typography-as-image, as well as continue to hone my typographic skills. Just because I can’t read Mandarin, for example, doesn’t mean I can’t set it in a way that’s beautiful and clear.

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