Solitude of Self
This editorial design is based on the powerful speech Solitude of Self delivered by the suffrage pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1892, a classic argument for why women need to be enfranchised by a Sixteenth Amendment. I acted as both the editor and meaning maker of the book. The design was inspired by newspapers in 19th and 20th century, especially the newspaper Suffragette, thus attempts to give a journalistic presentation of an old but still relevant message to the modern audience. This book also includes secondary texts such as facts and timelines of suffrage movement to assist for a better comprehension.
Keyword Editorial Design | Print | Craftsmanship
Role Designer | Bookbinder
The design was inspired from newspaper, considering such speech would make the front page then, and the suffragist movement would be a piece of fresh news during the time when the speech was delivered. Besides Suffragette, I looked into modern newspaper layouts including New York Times, and contemporary newspaper-inspired designs including Creamier by Atelier Dyakova. As the process progressed, I also realized that being inspired by newspaper does not mean imitating an exact newspaper editorial layout with little design freedom. I hence took the elements of newspaper that I want to incorporate such as rules, columns and grids, developed an independent editorial system, and still leave the design with great space for variation.
The book is perfect-bound with solid black inside the french folds.