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Challenges in life can halt our dreams or cause us to give up entirely. But if we hold on to hope and persevere without letting up, we become victorious. This typography project aims to give people the inspiration and motivation to carry on.

Silenced  by COVID-19

When COVID-19 hit the world, our lives took an unexpected turn. I remember visiting downtown Accra during the peak of the lockdowns, and it was dead quiet. The once hyperactive city was silent. Unbelievable! It felt as if the world had come to an end.

All of us were affected by the curse of this disease. My design work came to a sudden halt. Some businesses paused, and unfortunately, some of my friends lost their jobs.

I could not bear to listen or watch the news. I got fed up with reports of death, suffering, and misery.

Clawing out of ruins

Fast forward to 2022. We are rebuilding our lives brick by brick from the ground up with the remains of our ruins. Those of us fortunate to be among the living have the mammoth task of getting ourselves back to where we used to be or better.

Being there for each other

We need the support of others to succeed. Friends, family, and well-wishers can be there for us and lend us the support we need. Help, though, can come in many forms – monetary, encouragement, inspiration, among others.

Words last forever 

I was inspired to create this project by human resilience. Humans have been able to bounce back from several calamities such as the Spanish influenza and two world wars. All these challenges surely change the way we live in the future. Not forgetting the daily challenges we face, like writing exams or recovering from illness.

Words are a powerful tool we use to lift up the human spirit. This is why many wise quotes, speeches, and essays have been saved so we can refer to them when in need.

I used several short phrases that have the capability to uplift the spirit of others. I want people to see the artworks and feel a sense of love, care, and upliftment. All the typography is crafted carefully to have a lasting impact on people. By employing the use of simple shapes, patterns, textures, and bold colors, I hope to give life to the words.

Perhaps these words could jump right from the pages to the heart.

What it all means

More Hope. Without hope, life becomes meaningless. It’s a driving force that guides us and moves us towards a focused direction. Ground your hope firmly, and the rest falls into place. The typeface is designed to stand firmly and radiate various colors, as if to say the future is bright.

More Vim. This is a common expression in Ghana. We use it to garner support and encourage people to stand up for what they believe in. You have to be bold and keep your spirit high to achieve anything worthwhile. The typeface is bold, heavy, and dipped in red to show resilience, and it contains patterns from my culture.

More Joy. We can maintain our joy despite challenges, and this quality helps us remain positive as we move ahead. It’s okay to pause from time to time to enjoy the things we’ve worked for. Gather with family or friends, talk with each other, and have some good time. It releases stress and bonds us together. Again, the type design is strikingly bold with shades of yellow glowing through brown here and there.

More Glory. We are all winners in one way or another. Life gets boring and discouraging when we don’t have glory at the end of our zealous input. Do your best and pour yourself into your work. Glory is yours. This particular typeface is inspired by the comb. The comb grooms the hair, and it’s also a crown that sits atop the head.

More Favor. I believe strongly in the human network. We depend on each other in times of need. Broaden your network of friends. Be a reliable, dependable person, and people will open doors of opportunities for you when you need them. Favor comes in different shapes and forms, as depicted in the type design.

More Grace. The way we move, the flair with which we approach life must be gracious. It attracts goodness to us. The typeface has delicately thin strokes and sharp corners and is filled with patterns of circles. It’s majestic and walks in fashion and aura.

More Life. The most important thing in our existence is life. With life, there’s so much we can achieve. So take care of your life. Eat well. Exercise. Have enough sleep. The design sits in green and various shades of it. It’s the color of life. The typeface is inspired by veins in the human body or wires that carry electric power. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it can be beautiful.

More hope printed greeting card placed on green leaves

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