TYPEFORCE 4: I CAN

My design collective, Double Blind, was honored to be among the “Typographic All-Stars” accepted into Chicago’s 4th Annual Typeforce Exhibition.

Typeforce 4 took place from March 1–16, 2013 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, IL.

Artist Statement

For years, Chicago has been losing the battle against gun and gang violence. For many of us, there is a disconnect. The violence is real, but the problem is often invisible as it is most prevalent in neighborhoods throughout the South and West sides. Those living in and outside these communities often feel powerless to stop the brutality. We see many dichotomies in this crisis: life and death, hope and despair, light and darkness. And with these dualities in mind, we cast a vision of light out of the shadows.

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.”

Words—and the type representing them—have power. This excerpted quotation by Edward Everett Hale highlights the importance even one person has within a community. The black letters reflect disparate voices, individuals who may feel indifferent or powerless in the face of this crisis. These letters also reflect individuals in our group, each of whom designed a small block of text. The type created from light and shadow was designed in a single style to reflect a sense of unity and solidarity. Our project aims to persuade viewers to get involved, and to recognize that they are powerful both as individuals and as a collective.

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