The intricacies of identity or how to belong to yourself

Hannah Ecker
Visual Communication

College
Cork Institute of Technology

Contact
hannah.ecker@yahoo.de
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Hannah Ecker

The intricacies of identity or how to belong to yourself

This project is an experimental book called The Intricacies of Identity or How to Belong to Yourself, and it combines three of my favourite things in life: writing words, reading words, and designing words. It is a very personal exploration of identity and belonging, combining factual information with my own thoughts and experiences. I wrote and designed this book chapter by chapter, researching, exploring, and communicating my ideas through expressive means such as typography, imagery, linework, colour, and composition. Due to the quarantine I had to get very creative with the tools I had available to me, which were a small table, my laptop, my phone camera, a small scanner and a collection of paints, papers, string, needles, fruit, veg, and fabrics. The book is divided into four sections, four lenses through which identity and belonging are observed: origin, the self, the environment, and communication. These sections are also represented by four different colours. Additionally, the book consists of objective parts, which are factual research and information presented in a very clean design. The other parts are subjective experiences and thoughts, presented in a monotype typeface imitating a personal typewritten letter, supported by expressive black and white linework and paint.

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