Growing up in the suburbs of Pickering, Ontario, I had always felt that the stereotypes about suburbs were always true, and could never think of anything interesting to say when asked where I was from. But, with this book design project, I chose to look deeper into Pickering's history, while at the same time juxtaposing it with my own.
The book works to create contrast between traditional historical artifacts of Pickering, like the landowner map c. 1860 shown on the front cover, with the modern history of my own personal life experience growing up in the city. The body content itself is an article written by Tom Mohr of the Pickering Township Historical Society celebrating the new millennium for Pickering, and much of my historical content was gathered from the Local History Archives of the Pickering Public Library.
At first, the book may seem like a traditional historical retelling of Pickering's development, until the reader comes across a contrasting spread where Pickering's narrative is told in a deep brown and my own narrative is in pure magenta. I wanted to break the traditional stereotype a bit with what is expected of a historical narrative, instead telling an autobiographical story at the same time in bright duotone pink. Similar to how a historical narrative is told through highlighting important events, I chose to mark my own narrative by significant life events and moments I strongly associate with growing up in Pickering.