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One Island to Another Named to Top 100 Examples of Graphic Design 2020

The Society of Typographic Arts (STA) names this speculative poster project one of the top 100 best examples of graphic design.

One Island to Another is the first print use of Caeli, a speculative variable font. The poster typesets the poem "Rise" by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna, two indigenous poets—one from the Marshall Islands and another from Greenland— who meet at the source of our rising seas to share a moment of solidarity and artistry. The poster mixes the text with stills from the video the poets created.

Atop the printed matter sit red letters cast in ice from original letterform molds. In the beginning, the poster and letterforms are clear. Over time, the letterforms melt to room temperature. Through the process, the red letterforms turn to water and overlap, muddy, and distort the printed surface underneath, ultimately consuming the work in a metaphor akin to the climate message of the poem.

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Detail of ice letterforms fresh out of the freezer. Notice the ice crystals and rigid forms floating above the paper poster.
Frozen letter detail. Lowercase 'h' with fragmenting piece.
The poster was printed with outlined letterforms to annotate where ice letters needed to be placed. This sped up the alignment process which needed to be quick given the melting letters.
Poster image detail.
Letterform detail. The ice crystals stayed relevant even while water started to run onto the poster.
Poster and letterform details.
As letterforms began to melt, the meniscus effect of the water created little curls and bubbles.
The melting water was looked pink instead of red and letterforms bled into one another.
Water from the melting letters began to overlay and distort the black and white images.
Ice letters melting onto the substrate poster.
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