Project: DICTIONARY OF DISAPPEARING WORDS
Role: CONCEPT, DESIGN, RESEARCH, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, PRINT MANAGEMENT
A linen cover with embossed lettering, bound by local craftsman William Harley, encases the Dictionary of Disappearing Words. Each page features a word from an endangered language and a story about the meaning of the word. Each lonely word represents a truth; it’s disappearance accompanies the dismantling of a language and the dissolution of a culture - and it’s idiosyncratic perspectives. The Dictionary of Disappearing Words is a rhetoric response the effects globalisation can have on language. Making physical space for each of these words represents making space for diversity. The design language of the book stems from language patterns - rhythm, iambic pentameter, conversation flow, instance of staccato and changes in volume and pitch. With toothy recycled paper and embossed linen, the textural complexity of the materials encourage the user to take their time to engage with the product. The multi-layered motifs throughout the work is symbolic of the layers of stories and perspectives that are kept alive through language.