Chantal Jahchan
Reconsidering the Typographic and Linguistic Vernaculars of Modern Lebanon
BFA Capstone, 2018

En Route explores what ‘modernity’ might mean for Lebanon, specifically through a typographic and linguistic lens. By presenting photos of vernacular typography and interviews with various Lebanese professionals, En Route challenges readers—Middle Eastern and Western alike—to reconsider their notions of visual modernity in the region. 

*Featured on Student Show, Graphic Design, InDesign, and AIGA Member Galleries on Behance

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with Noah Baker

To showcase existing and upcoming typefaces in XYZ Type’s library, we created a booklet of fictional gig posters for artists starting with the letters X, Y, and Z. Copies were given out in the Typographics 2018 tote bag and are available for free upon request. More images coming soon.

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10,000 YEARS
The Process of Designing Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant 10,000 Years Into the Future

In 1990, the US Department of Energy held a conference at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. A group of scientists and creatives were tasked with devising a system to warn humans about the danger of this radioactive  site. The catch? These humans would be alive 10,000 years from now.

This book documents the process of designing the marker system. The titling, sectioning, and indexing, as well as the visual cues—folders, scanned documents, labels—are a nod to the  government’s cumbersome documentation system.

Inspired by Episode 114 of the podcast 99% Invisible, which I transcribed and edited. The text is supplemented by photos and documents that I collected and captioned.

* Featured in AIGA Member, Indesign, and Graphic Design Galleries on Behance
* Semifinalist in Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2018

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TypeDig is an app for designers and aspiring typomaniacs. With the snap of a photo, the app can identify a typeface and provide a wealth of information about it. A frequent TypeDig user would significantly increase their familiarity with typefaces, designers, foundries, and trends within the industry and beyond.

I designed this fictitious app because I wish something like it existed. On the web, I use resources like MyFonts’ forum, WhatTheFont, and a Google Chrome extension, Fontface Ninja, to identify typefaces I notice online. But when I’m out in the world and a typeface grabs my attention, I have no way of finding out what it is right away.

I imagine this app would be most useful for design students who are interested in typography but lack in-depth knowledge.

* Featured in AIGA Member , Adobe XD, and Interaction Galleries on Behance
* Finalist in Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2017

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Simple Syrup is a student-run magazine at Washington University in St. Louis that aims to form the foundation for novel ideas about food and art through in-depth writing, crisp photography, and beautiful art.

Led the redesign of the magazine with Noah Baker. Co-director of design for Issues 02 and 03. Director of design for Issue 04.

* Semifinalist in Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2017 and 2018

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