It was upon receiving the “beautifully simple” briefing for the RISD Spring Speaker Series 2021 that Corinne found herself pleasantly surprised. “I personally found the event striking because it was comprised of only women of color living around the world,” she says. “A fully WOC range is something rarely seen in the design industry.” And so, being so inspired by the people featured, Corinne chose to incorporate their stories into her designs, making space for them as individuals.
On top of that, the project happened in the spring when many of Corinne’s friends were chatting about their flowering plants – “so I had this association of this season with the caring hands that deal with the growth flowers that bloom in the spring.” Corinne therefore decided to display a specific flower for each speaker, like the national flower of the places where they come from or where they currently live. She wanted to emulate the idea of visible ‘process’, as that was the lens through which the speeches were presented. Thus, she kept the illustrations “loose, unraveled and sketch-like”. This final identity and the contradiction created between the regal type and the expressive blue-toned visuals is truly striking.
While working on so many commissioned projects, Corinne found it important to keep the most personal. Such a zine, building area, arose as a result of a “work-induced shift-life crisis”. The zine therefore aims to release some of the pressures faced by young people who feel they need to have “absolute control” over their future. Corinne created the zine so it could double as an origami fortune teller, taking inspiration from the current pop culture obsession with horoscopes; she wanted it to be something that incites play and references strong childhood memories.
Visually, Corinne uses symbols, aesthetics and patterns associated with roadworks to reinforce the sense of “danger” and “incompleteness” young people often feel about their future. and the impression of breakage. Corinne had to work hard to achieve realism, and for the rubble she ended up taking to the streets, photographing the texture before digitally pasting it. Ending with a type of neon yellow graffiti that wouldn’t hurt a 2000s CBBC program, the zine is a welcome nostalgic remedy to young adult stress. Whether it’s a large scale commission or a fun and light side project, you can be sure that Corinne will pull out all the stops.