An Uncertain Spring

Orla King
Visual Communication

College
National College of Art & Design

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Orla King

An Uncertain Spring

The Coronavirus outbreak and the enforced lockdown led to the closure of every social and leisure space in Ireland. For many young people, myself included, these social spaces (nightclubs, pubs, parks, college campuses) were the core of our social lives. With these new measures in place, we were forced to completely relearn our concept of socialising. An Uncertain Spring is a personal documentation of the changeover to socialising on a virtual platform. Text messages replaced casual meet-ups and Zoom quizzes replaced club nights. It spans over 8 weeks (March-May) and the content features screenshots of Zoom calls and parties with my friends, (as well as the meeting ID’s and passwords of the calls) newspaper articles as well as government updates by the week. Blue and yellow are the two main colours within the publication. Blue is the dominating colour of social media apps used for communicating and the colour has become synonymous with government notices regarding Covid-19. There are two typefaces within this publication: SF Pro and ITC Benguiat. The former sans-serif and the latter serif starkly contrast one another and the two distinct typefaces represent two distinct voices; the voice of the government and the voice of my friend group. The publication was printed as a newspaper as newspapers contain information about current events and also have an archival quality. The aim of this project was to archive this peculiar time in all of our lives and create a time capsule of sorts. In the future when people want to look back on or learn about the effect of the Covid-19 lockdown on young people, perhaps this publication will be of assistance.