FACING DAYTON TYPOGRAPHIC POSTERS
FALL 2017 TYPOGRAPHY TWO /// Poster Assignment + Exhibition
36 x 24 in. /// Digital print / mixed media
Facing Dayton: Visualizing Neighborhood Narratives
“The Facing Project is a community story-telling project that intends to bring awareness about human rights issues and assets of a community to inspire social action” (facingproject.com). Kelly Bohrer and Alexa Irwin have begun one of these projects titled "Facing Dayton: Neighborhood Narratives.”
Typography II deals with the poetic, practical and persuasive nature of typography that encourages the designer to investigate the content from varying perspectives—generating alternatives and analyzing the text and its inherent and potential meaning(s). The students will be combining these ideas into a poster. Each student will be given one narrative from the Facing Project: Neighborhood Narratives, along with, ancillary text taken from Dayton Ohio: An Intimate History by Charlotte Reeve Conover.
The student designers will thoroughly dissect these stories—researching the neighborhood; places discussed; notating any issues; gathering dates; roads; connections; relationships; and identifying the overall theme. This research will uncover the overarching message within these stories in order to communicate these narratives effectively. Furthermore, allowing the type to speak as the voice of the storyteller. The type becomes poetic in the way it conveys the messages within these stories, practical in the sense that it disburses the information and persuasive in how it teaches the history of the Dayton communities while raising awareness.
Exhibiting at the Opportunity Space at St. Clair at the downtown Dayton Public Library opens these stories up to the larger Dayton community. The students will curate, install, promote and host an opening reception that invites these storytellers, their families
These students will engage in practical wisdom as they begin to learn and experience these real human needs and issues that exist within these stories. Meeting the people and having a face-to-face connection, continues to strengthen and inspire the passion behind their designs.
The University of Dayton Typography II students will be visualizing Dayton neighborhood narratives in conjunction with the Facing Dayton: Neighborhood Narratives project. Led by Professor Misty Thomas-Trout, the students will present these stories in a typographic poster exhibition held at the Opportunity Space at St. Clair at the main Dayton Metro Library branch. Join us October 20 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. for an opening reception, fellowship
Misty Thomas-Trout, Assistant Professor of graphic design, will curate the exhibit along with the Typography Two students.
Exhibition: Tuesday, October 17 – Friday, November 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, October 20, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location and Parking: 215 East Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. Garage parking is free under the library and parking meters are free after 6:00 p.m.