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“Trouble” Book


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Susannah McGowan



Urban Print, Dundee

Created as a response to the International Society of Typographic Designer’s Milestones Brief, “Trouble” is a one-of-a-kind publication that explores the thirty-year war between Irish Republicans and Ulster Loyalists in Northern Ireland. Laser-cut and laser printed, this 72-page typographic exposé is laser-focused on presenting neutral information with a variety of paper stocks. 




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3 months

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Circular Pro
DIN Condensed
Poster Sans


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Project Description

Trouble was produced in response to the Milestones brief set by ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers.)

When one thinks of modern-day war, our minds may travel to the Middle East or even further afield, but one of the deadliest conflicts of modern times occurred right on our doorstep in Northern Ireland. Referred to now merely as “The Troubles,” the thirty-year war between Irish Republicans and Ulster Loyalists was a hugely significant turning point in Irish and British history. It changed Northern Ireland forever, heavily influencing contemporary law and order, politics and daily life for its inhabitants.

Trouble chronologically investigates the tumultuous three decades from a retrospective and neutral viewpoint, identifying the major milestones of the conflict, and demonstrates the fraught journey from longstanding civil unrest to the eventual peace process. The publication is split into two parts, “Violence” and “Politics.” To portray the thirty-year narrative, the publication balances informative body copy, documentary photography, and dramatic infographics.

Trouble serves to document, contemplate, and memorialise Northern Ireland’s past, reframing the conflict for a modern and liberal audience.

This submission was awarded a Commendation.

Production Lesson(s)

Creating 'Trouble' for ISTD was a great learning curve. As my first large-scale piece of editorial design, I very much enjoyed creating new content to illuminate the evocative subject matter. Binding and production was not without its difficulties–varying paper stocks gave the document a different flavour, but also added to the total cost of the production. Perfect Binding was also troublesome due to the number of pages in the document. Some of these choices would need reconsidered if the piece was to go into commercial production.”

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Jessica Mullen

Writer for UnderConsideration LLC.

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August 19, 2015


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