Perspecta 43: Taboo
Perspecta is a student-edited journal from the Yale School of Architectural Journal. For an issue concerning the topic of Taboo in architecture, our approach drew on an ever-evolving definition of taboo, and the way in which taboos are either appropriated or excluded from mainstream culture. The idea behind the design is to allude to this subtle uncertainty through choices that at once seem completely normal but are obscured, sometimes to the point of invisibility. For example, we used a font called Union designed by Radim Pesko that is a blend of Helvetica and Arial, it’s screen-based knock-off, two of the most popular fonts used in the world today.
The design of the publication is intended to look like loose manuscripts that have been reassembled by the editors. At times, however, images are seemingly omitted—printed in a transparent varnish—and are then reprinted later in the book in color which becomes a gathering place for the missing images in the various articles, which retrospectively provide a different perspective of the book. (Edited by John Capen Brough, Parsa Khalili, and Seher Erdogan)