Design of the diary of a young man locked in an orphanage (1931-1945)
Sol(s) is a unique and exceptional document, a diary of a young man, Joan Campmany, who remained locked up for thirteen years (1931-1945) in an orphanage in Catalonia, El Patronat Ribas. A newspaper that describes in detail the life in the institution during the Republic, the War and the Franco dictatorship and how these socio-political changes affected the daily lives of orphans. Sol(s) is also a witness who denounces, in the first person, the abuses of power and the physical and mental abuse suffered by children by the institution.
For the editorial design I took postwar newspapers as a reference. The edition is in hardcover format and cream-toned offset paper. The editorial layout makes use of especially generous margins to allow a relaxed reading of the narrative and combines the text with images of the center and the original manuscript. For the design of the cover, the calligraphy of Joan Campmany is taken from the original manuscript, trying to make visible the authorship of this intimate and unique document, a daily witness of unjustly silenced events. This is redesigned in a composition that results in the typography of the title.
FROM IDEA TO FORM, THE DESIGN