Weathering Change

Publication
Illustration

The Office of Sustainability (OFS) of Harvard invited the students, faculty, and staff to submit poetry and art responding to the rapidly changing environment selected and published in an art anthology. The anthology editor sought art direction and illustration to guide the viewer through the compilation of work in hopes of answering the question, "What am I supposed to do now?"

Publication, Illustration

Weathering Change

The Office of Sustainability (OFS) of Harvard invited the students, faculty, and staff to submit poetry and art responding to the rapidly changing environment selected and published in an art anthology. The anthology editor sought art direction and illustration to guide the viewer through the compilation of work in hopes of answering the question, "What am I supposed to do now?"

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Approach

The art direction arose from the diversity of original work, from photography and painting to poetry and short stories. The subtle design elements amplify the voice of each artist and collection as a whole. There are four sections of the anthology—fire, water, air, and land—each illustration embodies a changing element and stylized to feel unstable.

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IN THE EYE OF
Amanda Gorman

a hurricane ripens / like an iris / gasping clumps / of air, heat / coiling thick / like a dirge / soon enough / a basket brimming / with destruction / swoops across ocean / and country one wind / bleeding into / wet earth / i tell you / i see / cows bobbing / bodies drowned pale as damp / paper and / electricity nowhere / to be found / sky heavy / with deaths and thunder / laughing bitterly / at its drunken / self when I will they learn these disasters aren’t natural

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Details

Client: Harvard University, Office of Sustainability

Role: Art Direction, Graphic Design and Illustration

Team: Devin Jacobsen, M.Div. '18, Editor;
Colin Durrant and Katie Hammer, Project Managers

Year: 2018

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