Anam Merchant

vladimir nabokov's symbols + signs zine


vladimir nabokov symbols & signs zine

In my typography II class, we were asked to create an 8 page spread based on the article "Symbols and Signs" by Vladimir Nabokov. This project took me way out of my comfort zone and I appreciated the push for experimentation.


After reading Nabakov’s article, I wanted to get really experimental with the theme of paranoia. I used schematics, handwritten English and Russian text, images from the 1940s, scratchy pen marks, warped text, and several different fonts to create the feeling of paranoia within the article. To keep it minimal, I used only black, white, and red. While experimenting provided some direction to take the theme to, it was important to me to keep legibility within the text, at least at the bare minimum.


Here are the spreads translated into what they would look like on an interactive webpage.