Design // Photography
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El Neighborhood

A collection of neighborhood flyers in broken English and Spanish created for part one of my Senior Thesis on Language Barriers.

Senior Thesis: Part 1Part 2Part 3

Programs used — Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator & InDesign

Role — Concept, Design, Photography & Art Direction

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 A series of designed “Neighborhood flyers" that imitate language barriers found everyday shown between people who speak different languages and reside in the same place. As a result, this is giving a very light and humorous aspect to a much serious issue in communication.It shows that the people who struggle with language barriers aren’t just those who were born elsewhere, but instead its a language communication issue that affects everyone.Thus, it should be universally talked about in some form to create awareness to this issue. Generally, a comedic response is desired because the series is intended to be a light hearted way to poke fun and highlight both sides of everyday communication in modern day America. However, since it is poking fun at these little quirks in communication this series rides on a fine line between creating awareness in a comedic manner and coming off as offensive. This series poses a few questions regarding its content, Are neighborhood flyers a reflection of the direction of where a community is shifting? Are we able to acknowledge that this issue does not only affect migrants and immigrants but in fact it also affects those who are native to the English language and America? Can we as a society develop a better way to communicate in situations where language barriers exist?

A series of designed “Neighborhood flyers" that imitate language barriers found everyday shown between people who speak different languages and reside in the same place. As a result, this is giving a very light and humorous aspect to a much serious issue in communication.It shows that the people who struggle with language barriers aren’t just those who were born elsewhere, but instead its a language communication issue that affects everyone.Thus, it should be universally talked about in some form to create awareness to this issue. Generally, a comedic response is desired because the series is intended to be a light hearted way to poke fun and highlight both sides of everyday communication in modern day America. However, since it is poking fun at these little quirks in communication this series rides on a fine line between creating awareness in a comedic manner and coming off as offensive. This series poses a few questions regarding its content, Are neighborhood flyers a reflection of the direction of where a community is shifting? Are we able to acknowledge that this issue does not only affect migrants and immigrants but in fact it also affects those who are native to the English language and America? Can we as a society develop a better way to communicate in situations where language barriers exist?

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