For the National Urban League’s 2016 State of Black America, Locked Out: Education, Jobs & Justice, we wanted to capture the feeling of being locked out—locked out of opportunities, left without basic rights and the feeling of being unheard. We created a hand-drawn type treatment, with long, spindly letterforms that mimic the bars of a jail cell. The layered type create a dramatic effect and conveys a deep sense of injustice and denial. For the full report, we created an entire hand-drawn alphabet of letterforms in order to bring the rough type into the headlines of the ebook.
(Work done at Untuck Design with John Saal & Amy Saal)