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TW: Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning is a provocative one-edition editorial piece grounding itself in the topic of Mental Health told through the combination of writings, drawings, and photography.

Paojia PJ Tang

Publication Design

The project’s intent is to bring awareness and emphasis to the on-going everyday battles, struggles and debilitating consequences of mental illness. It represents real life situations and stories from people I've met through my own personal journey: going through the agonizing decline, healing rise, and eventual re-collapse into mental illness. It aims to vocalize and allow its audience to step into the constant feelings of uncomfortability, uneasiness, and vulnerability that follow the daily lives of those who suffer.

This editorial is very experimental in its layout and design choices, using and manipulating type, shape, colour and photography in order to create symbolism, analogy, emphasis and metaphor to best represent their partnered stories. Accompanied by a yellow and black motif to create consistency, brand, and atmosphere; Trigger Warning combines contrasting, and graphic images with real stories and writings that resonate with its audience.

The editorial is printed on flimsy newsprint, bound as a 80+ page saddle stitch with very rough and intentional creep, using a weak and delicate sewing thread; with the intent to mimic the ignorance and misunderstandings of mental illness struggles by the majority. Involving its audience in a reality that is difficult to describe and understand, Trigger Warning forces its readers to handle with grate care when flipping through, paying extra attention when reading as the text has intentional low readability - addressing the problem of few people truly paying attention and listening to the victims of mental health and what they are trying to say.