Mark Charcas is an artist studying visual communication at Seattle Pacific University
The Person

Human Centered Design

I've always believed that family is the strongest foundation to a person's development in life. It is through family that we first learn how to love, forgive, and cope with the hardships in life. I started this project to learn about and shed light on the inner workings of family life and the struggles that individuals face when coming out to family and friends and the lasting effect it leaves.

The Person

The Person

First hand experience is key to this project. To gain that insight, I sat down with my brother and find out how his experiences made him the person he is today. Through the interview, I want to showcase both the normalcy that day-to-day life might be or have been like as well as the critical moments that shape our lives and make us who we are today. I have yet to see stories told like this in a printed format. This coffee table book offers a relatively light read that can lead to further conversations by those who read it.

Learning and Understanding

Learning and Understanding

Through starting this project, I connected with my oldest brother David and learned things I never knew about him. I grew up with two brothers who are both homosexual but I am 13 and 14 years apart from them so I never experienced what life was like for them in their adolescence and teen years. The long term goal of this project is to acquire many different stories from as many people as possible.

Layout

Layout

I chose the use a modular grid for the layout to as a visual reflection of the way we compartmentalize the different parts of our lives. This layout allowed for a sleek visual back and forth between interviewer and interviewee.

Color Palette

Color Palette

I chose a softer color palette to signify the vulnerability that comes with opening up during the interview process. Because of the way this interview went, I divided the book into five sections with these five colors, each one representing a section. The color on the front cover comes from the dark reds within the image on the cover. Each section has a page break with a gradient moving from one section's color to the color of the next section.

The Interview

The Interview

The process involves briefly researching into the life of the person and then constructing a few initial questions in order to get the ball rolling. From there, the interview takes place and further questions form based off of their responses and insights. It's meant to be a free flowing conversation that gets into some underlying emotions and things that may have been repressed in order to better understand a person's journey.

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Binding the Book

Binding the Book

For years, I only knew how to use a saddle stitch in order to bind books or I would have it done by someone else. For this project, I learned the "perfect bind" process and hand bound this book. I've always felt that perfect binding looks the cleanest.