Monday, 16 November 2009

Speak Out For Understanding




It was great to be was asked by the Southern Poverty Law Center to illustrate an article in their magazine Teaching Tolerance. It talks about a powerful and moving film created by a group of students at Vermont High School, USA. Made on a tiny budget, Speak Out For Understanding, the award winning documentary gives viewers a close look at the real lives of four students who have learning disabilities and tries to teach a new way of talking about people who have them.

My work included a full page opening illustration, title lettering and a spot illustration for the magazine article. You can see how the illustrations work in their page layouts in my editorial folder in my portfolio. It was such an inspirational subject that I put together several roughs - this 'note pad' style proving to be the most popular with the design team at SPLC. The casual marker pen lettering, scribbles and doodles echoing the students enthusiastic approach to their subject.

If you'd like to learn more about SOFU, you can go to the projects webpage.

2 comments:

  1. Excellent work Ruth. Speak Out For Understanding sounds like an interesting and compelling documentary. I am going to see if I can find it online through pbs.org. Your lettering really grabs the reader. Another social cause - very inspiring!!

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  2. Thanks Jane - I've been lucky enough to have some inspiring jobs this year. If you can find it the film is wonderful.

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