What’s the deal with this project?
Most Americans best know the Bill Of Rights by their shorthand, like Freedom of Speech or The Right to Bear Arms. But most of us haven't read them in their entirety and the shorthand can gloss over some key details.
I wanted to create a series of typographic images that call out this discrepancy.
The goal is for you to further explore the Amendments with me. During this uncertain time, it seems more important than ever to understand our rights as American citizens, as defined in the Bill of Rights.
What are you making?
I have designed a series of 4 posters that represent the First, Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendments which are arguably the most commonly referenced from the Bill of Rights.
To start the process I've screen printed a run of posters of the First Amendment. And through this campaign, the remaining 3 designs will be hand printed as well.
The posters are screen printed for a hand-made aesthetic and the colors have been reversed from the original Bill Of Rights (light colors on a dark background) to achieve a focused and stark effect.
What’s the story behind the design?
The full Amendment's text is slightly obscured in the formatting to represent how the actual wording can be glossed over or goes unread. By trying to decipher the words the idea is that the reader will internalize them.
The lettering used for each Amendment’s shorthand references the style of script that was used to write the original Bill Of Rights but with a bit of modern swagger that sensationalizes the text. The color of the lettering alternates between blue and red across the designs referencing the US national colors.
What do you need the money for?
The plan is to use the money raised to purchase supplies (paper, paints etc) and rent print studio time to screen print the artwork.
I plan to both hand print the posters myself and augment a portion of the production with help from the very professional folks at the Gowanus Print Lab.
In the spirit of continuing to protect and champion our rights a portion of the additional funds, not used for the production of the posters, will be donated to the ACLU.
Who am I?
My name is Harun Zankel and I have been a designer and art director for over 13 years. I have an obsession with letters as seen in both my personal work (instagram.com/harun_zankel, behance.net/hzankel) and professional (ha-za.com). I’ve produced several typography-based screen-printed projects including yearly calendars and a hand lettered alphabet.
Politics has also been a focus in my life and I have a real appreciation for civil political discourse. In creating this project I am combining two areas of deep interest and the hope is that the final product will convey that passion and inspire the same interest for others.
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Risks and challenges
The prints will be made by hand and during the process of printing there will be imperfections. While I love these inconsistencies because they add character to each print, I want to give you a heads up so there are no surprises.
Also, I plan on sending out prints by mid-December, but there are always bumps in the road. I promise to do my best to deliver on time and keep you updated as the process moves forward.
- (30 days)