[This is a guest post by Yuris Kim*, talking about the ‘39:27′ infographic project]
As a Christian designer, I always struggled with separating my beliefs from work. After three years of designing and creating within the given limitations and topics, I finally got a chance to explore my core identity through my work. The purpose and message of the Scripture mold and define my identity, and this is how I decided on the topic of my senior project.
Of course, covering all aspects of the Bible (if that is even possible) in a single project is a bit too ambitious; so here is the gist of the deliverables: an encouraging and educational series of posters that each contain a theme word from the Bible, processed and manipulated to reflect its symbolism and meaning in literal and abstract ways. The designs will be applied to postcards as well as a catalog that will show all the process work and the pricing (the products will go on sale).
The name 39:27 was derived from the number of books in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The infographic that I created reflects my mental process of filtering and selecting themes from the Bible. For the sake of narrowing down the options even more and actually making this project happen, I focused on two elements of the themes I already selected: frequent use and feasibility of representation.
In other words, how often they are mentioned throughout the Bible, and if I could represent them through design. Among many ways to show these elements through design, I picked “lines”. Lines are connected between 25 theme words and the 66 books of the Bible, which inform the viewer of where exactly the words are mentioned and how many times total. (I referred to the “Concordance” of a Bible). Little book marks differentiate the Old Testament from the New Testament. The use of lines can really be beautiful and delicate when one is dealing with high numbers and many different elements.
This was a wonderful opportunity for me to study the Scripture more intently, and also use the design process as a tool to develop a better scope of the project. As I am half way into the project at this point, I realize that the process I’ve been going through for the actual posters is a lot more organic and spontaneous than the style of this initial infographic. The project will be completed by this May, and the result will be shown on my portfolio site, as well as my Etsy page (coming soon).
*Yuris Kim is a graphic designer and a candidate for a BFA in Graphic Design at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. Throughout her college years, Yuris has been working as a freelance designer and has completed CD covers, websites and wedding invitations. She gained experience in marketing through an internship at Warschawski in Baltimore, where she was one of the four designers. She currently is a design intern at 95.1 SHINE-FM – the biggest Christian radio station in Baltimore. You can follow her updates on Behance.
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