This assignment asks students to choose one or more texts of a total of no more than 100 words, and without altering the text, create a convincing typographic argument in any medium, guided by the principles of classical rhetoric. Tutor: Jason Grant.
Robert writes: “Certainty is a booklet arguing that science and religion are related in their misguided claim over absolute truth. It aims to question the often ignored (or denied) filters through which we view the world. The booklet overlays two creeds that are often believed to be in direct conflict – science and religion – and allows them to be viewed independently of each other by the use of a red or cyan acetate filter.
“Both creeds imply the naturalness and inevitability of their world-view, but by viewing them individually and simultaneously, the reader can judge for themselves their similarities and dissimilarities. By bringing attention to the historical and cultural embeddedness of these views while avoiding judgment on their validity, this piece opens up a space for reflection and dialogue on our most closely held assumptions.
“The typeface has been designed specifically for this booklet to combine the religious connotations of a Gutenberg blackletter with the rationalist philosophy of a modern didone.”
In science’s corner is a 1889 text by Robert Ingersoll, and religion is represented by an early statement of Christian faith called The Apostle’s Creed.
The booklet can be read as double page spreads or folded out as a concertina. The ‘little red book’ format references Mao and the Giddeon’s bible.
Images reinforce the text. So there are conflicting texts and opposing images (eg. the final page contrasts the Christian Crusades and a submachine gun).