CHANTAL JAHCHAN

Chantal Jahchan is a multidisciplinary designer currently based in St. Louis and NY who seeks to create meaningful experiences both in print and digitally. She will be graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in May with a BFA in Communication Design and a minor in writing.

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chantaljahchan@gmail.com

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Simple Syrup Magazine
2016–2017

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
* Featured on Fonts In Use

︎︎︎ Issue 02
︎︎︎ Issue 03
︎ Issue 04
︎︎︎ Microsite



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
2017

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

More interesting than the implemented plan, however, were the various proposals conceived during the conference. This book documents the process of designing the marker system, both for curious individuals today and those in 10,000 years. The titling, sectioning, and indexing of the content, as well as the visual cues—folders, scanned documents, labels, printed spiral binding—are a nod to the US government’s documentation system.

Inspired by Episode 114: “Ten Thousand Years” of the podcast 99% Invisible, which I transcribed and edited. The written dialogue of the podcast is supplemented by photos, documents, and sketches that I collected and captioned.

* Featured in AIGA Member Gallery on Behance
* Featured on Fonts In Use

︎ Process PDF 
︎ PDF on Issuu
︎ View on Behance


TypeDig 
2017

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 Gallery, Adobe XD Gallery, and Interaction Gallery on Behance
* Featured on Fonts In Use
* Finalist in Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2017

︎ View on Behance
︎ Prototype video


Hammond’s Books
2017

Aimlessly browsing the shelves of a bookstore has to be one of the greatest experiences in life. I set out to create a digital experience that would do justice to the afternoon I spent at Hammond’s Books, a local bookstore with a collection of over 80,000 rare, used, and out-of-print books purchased by a single knowledgeable and tasteful curator, Jovanka Hammond.

How might the site encourage "aimless" browsing (like the in-store experience) rather than a direct search and find and purchase process (like online booksellers)? In order to perpetuate the non-linear experience of in-store browsing, I incorporated the element of chance into the user’s navigation.

One of my priorities was emphasizing the role of the owner, Jovanka, as curator—as an expert of books she lovingly chooses to purchase and sell (what might a user learn from the owner that they couldn’t learn elsewhere?). Rather than including a traditional synopsis of each book, I included both a brief excerpt and a short, personal statement from Jovanka about the contents.

* Featured in AIGA Member Gallery and Adobe XD Gallery on Behance
* Featured on Fonts In Use

︎ Prototype video
︎ View on Behance
︎ Process PDF