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Fake News

January 23, 2017

Reflecting on the 'fake news' and lack of transparency in politics recently, I have found myself getting caught up on newspaper headlines. How is it possible to include everything you may to know in that one line? Is it necessary to even read the article one you read the headline? This is mostly out of curiosity. To this end I have been thinking a lot about minimalism, opacity, and redaction. What do we choose to keep hidden in our work? In the news? What happens if we redact and recombine what is already right in front of us? How drastically can we change the meaning?  As a designer who enjoys employing lots of color in my work, this is has been an interested experiment in simplification. 

 

I stumbled upon this work by the Swiss designer Jean Widmer. "Widmer developed his own original graphic language, based on synthesis, rigorous geometry, and schematic typography that to this day represents the first and one of the few examples of Modern graphic design in France."

 

 

 

Some redacted documents via Google. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Was Jean Widmer thinking about redaction, too? "Widmer developed his own original graphic language, based on synthesis, rigorous geometry, and schematic typography that to this day represents the first and one of the few examples of Modern graphic design in France."

 

 

This led me to play with black lines and shape, along with my usual media of choice- collage. I tend to be attracted to lots of negative space along with bursts of activity. How does the texture work with such stars contract of the black lines? What role does color play? What feeling is this evoking?

 

 

 

 

Below is the first completed exploration. This headline was taken from the New York Times, entitled "I Think it Was Russia" Trump Says of DNC Hacking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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