SELECTED DESIGN PROJECT

De Suna en Suna

Self-published journal

Background

"De Suna en Suna" is an interactive book with information on events and conditions (blossoming of different plants, migration of birds, book and art fairs) that take place in specific moments through the year in Bogotá as well as in one’s own life.

It seeks to make visible the change and the passing of time in a city that has no distinct seasons or any change throughout the year that alter life drastically or, for that matter, that make evident periods of time.
The main objective is opening the possibility to see and live Bogotá in a more active way, paying attention and being conscious of the details and everything that takes place in the city and in one’s own life.

Outstanding Challenges

  • Ever-changing spacial and organizational configuration 

  • Multiple user types with very different needs

  • Users who are Illiterate and/or have other permanent and temporary disabilities

  • Dissonance between the institutional structure and internal lingo versus the way external users understand and navigate the organization and its services.

Outcomes 

What came out of this research and creation project was a 128-page illustrated book/journal which contains, among many things:

  • information about things that take place in Bogotá throughout the year, in categories like events, the passing of migratory birds, harvesting seasons, rainy/dry seasons, changes in plants, and trees.

  • Space for users to register their own experiences of change in Bogotá, as well as activities where they were invited to respond to prompts around specific changes in the City and in their lives.

  • Original pen and ink illustrations of birds, plants, fruits, and many other things that are typical and specific to Bogotá. (the name itself "Suna" means month in Chibcha, the language of the Muisca people who inhabited the savannah of Bogota before the colonization).

How can we provide all of GLIDE’s constituents with the information they require to successfully navigate the building in a way that is accessible to all, and that is also easy for the organization to maintain?

Results

In addition to solving the navigation problem, through the development and execution of this project GLIDE is able to show the wide breadth of services it provides to all constituents (more often than not, every user knows about only one or two services.) Also, the icons I designed for the programs have been used in print materials and uniforms. Furthermore, giving clarity to the nomenclature and hierarchy assisted in giving structure to the redesign of the organization’s website. Lastly, the system also serves to strengthen GLIDE’s values and brand. Some of the feedback has been the space feeling more welcoming, warm, and pretty.

My roles

Design researcher

Visual/Graphic Designer

Producer

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© 2020 by Laura Cerón Melo.