Redesign a banned book, giving the reader insight into why it was censored.
I designed a book for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. The book was originally banned for vulgar content, which I in turn set in large, bright red type to highlight the text, rather than hiding it as it was originally. Aesthetically, I wanted to book to appear aged and unadorned, as the story is told in the perspective journal entries. The pages are set on off-white, and the type in Caslon, adding to the historic theme. The cover is covered in a woven fabric to give the reader tactile delight, and the project was entirely by hand.
Exploring an eBook as an alternate user experience, I designed the book for a less obtrusive read. I felt it was important to create a solution that didn’t detract too much from Swift’s intended use. As the user scrolls when reading, graphic elements relating to the plot interact subtly with the text in surprising ways.