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Where were you when it happened ?

  • 9/11: Pop-up Book

Across a number of spreads in this pop-up book, I documented a memorable event from my childhood – that of the destruction of US Twin Towers on Sept 11, 2001. Although a young child, I recall the moment I learned of the tragedy, as I sat at home watching cartoon TV. That day, the news streamed constantly and clearly. Although I was on the other side of the world in Doha, I saw the victims, witnesses and survivors. I saw the mayhem and chaos that ensued. And I learnt new words from this experience, including “terrorism”, a word which has become synonymous with Muslims from the Middle East, but does not define us.

In the process of creating my pop-up book, I found it helpful to commence with a storyboard as a guide to complete the book. My objective was to depict duality – me in Doha vs. the scenes ongoing in New York. The idea was to deepen the contrast between the same time period across Doha and New York. To kick-start my designing journey, I undertook online research, including watching YouTube tutorials, and reading recommended sources via the school’s library. I have learnt much about the technical aspects of creating a storybook – some of which I can transfer to my other design projects.

With this project I reverted back to the origin of Graphic Design, art. I used my artistic skills to create the drawings and capture the scene of 9/11. My knowledge of Adobe Illustrator enabled me to create outlines of the pop-ups in order to give a 3-dimensional effect. Traditionally, the text in pop-up books of this kind are hand written. However, I decided to explore my typography skills and utilized Orator Std Medium to bring the words to life and to display them in a report format.