June Caldwell, is a recent graduate of BA Hons Graphic Design at Glasgow Clyde College. June not only has agreat appreciation and understanding of white and negative space, but knows every Simpsons quote there is. Now having graduated and recently exhibited at D+AD New Blood, June aims to focus on her design practice to explore and develop the skills she has acquired in education. June states her desire revolves around editorial and publication design “I am just at the beginning of my career, but I would love to end up in publishing or editorial design one day, as this is where my passion truly shines.”
June’s focus within design is understanding and implementing the beauty and intelligence of typography. This was recently tested through her collaboration with author Alison Page on her illustrated children’s book “The Westie Fest”. This project gave June the opportunity to design and create the typographic layout and hierarchy throughout.
We spoke to June about her final major project: Consume. Consume is a modern take on the traditional Bible, reflecting on issues found in today’s society, it explores the idea of the consequences of consuming too much of one thing and how it can have a negative effect on our physical and emotional health. June used the concept ‘the Seven Deadly Sins’ to allow a format that is relatable, as the concept of sinning has been consistently characterised through the media. Each sin echoes on a individual issue found in contemporary society, such as over-consuming alcohol, eating fast food too often or even the social media craze of “clean-eating”. To bring together the concept of sinning and over-consumption, June used her typographic knowledge to form an A5 perfect bound book.
June explains the ideology behind the A5 Zine was because of its similarity to the bible in its size, shape and form. We asked June about the materials and techniques used to creative the book.
“The cover of the Bible is typically a black leather with gold letter foiling. To reflect on this holy book in a modern way, I used GF Smith’s Plike paper, which has a rubber-like texture. A clear toner effect was used on the cover heading to have a greasy-look, which can be seen when moved in and out of light, reflecting on the message of “whoever conceals their sin does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy”, which is stated on the first page.”
June transformed simple images of food into graphic shapes, shown at the start of each chapter and reflects on the number of sins discussed. The reasoning behind simplifying each food was to discourage the target market from taking part in these unhealthy habits. June tells us “I did not want the food and drink discussed to be appealing because I wanted to discourage the target market from taking part in these unhealthy habits. Therefore, I turned simple images of food into graphic forms”
You can see more of June’s work at – junetaylorc.com