A publication design for a topic in typography, composed in the form of a uniquely-bound scroll.
☞ information design, typography, design research
☞ student project
Baybayin (pronounced bye-BAH-yin) is a Philippine writing system that fell out of common use in the 16th century due to colonization by the Spanish Empire. In the contemporary era, its use is rare outside of art & decoration and the script remains unstandardized. Digital technologies, however, are facilitating a resurgent interest in this forgotten cultural treasure.
Part of a larger passion project, I delved deep into each part of this self-directed assignment. From conducting research on academic papers and vernacular sources to laying out copy and imagery to the final design of a unique physical object, I was able to integrate new learning with my own ongoing work in Baybayin type design within the content of the publication.
Baybayin Typography takes the form of a paged scroll made with canvas and satin cloth, using the technique of dragon scale binding. Read laying flat, the nature of the binding lends the artifact a unique measure of tactility and dimensionality. Staggered pages allow for the margins to be activated as a dynamic space and for the scroll to roll closed evenly.
The publication encompasses an overview of the script, its historical context, its letterforms, orthography, and a survey of typefaces. True to the complex composition of Philippine culture, a varied number of cultural influences meet in the content, form, and meaning of this designed artifact.