Originally presented as a podcast, I was asked to create
a book from a This American Life podcast to bring the story to life visually. The story I chose to work with is The Present by Simon Rich, including an introduction and interview by Ira Glass.
The story is a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of fleeting love. I chose to express the fading emotions through soft romantic colors and typefaces paired with black and white or dark images of dying flowers and separated people. To represent the pain of the heartbreak, I utilized horizontal slashes in the images and cutting across the type. Finally, it was important to maintain abundant negative space to embody
the space present in the two lovers' relationship.
To accomplish this, I implemented a low hangline for the headers, images, and body copy, leaving the top sections of most pages blank and empty. This also creates a sense of imbalance and subtle tension to juxtapose the romantic colors and soft tone.