Amusement Park

Tasked to translate the podcast “Amusement Park”, a This American Life episode, into a print publication. The episode is told in three acts, each from a reflective point of view. This influenced the imagery in the publication to be taken from archival home videos, to capture the essence of nostalgia. In addition, the podcast included a number of audio effects, an integral park of an actual amusement park experience– The motion perceived in the found footage stills I felt most closely translated the expressive audio that was to be lost in print.  

Secondary imagery are bitmapped stills to visualize recollection, moments not entirely put together. In the first act these are pink to reflect the positive memory, while the third is black because of his ill experience. Similarly, each act is printed on a different stock of paper; pink, translucent vellum, and grey. 

The second act changes format to call-in experiences, because of their rapid recital, the page is physically smaller, the grid structure changes to accommodate the stories length in a single spread to consume the story all at once, and transparent paper stock is used to illustrate how a listener may muddle these stories together.

Overall the design features rhetorical elements like arrows and decorative edges to echo the spirited vernacular used in classic American amusement parks.


Size 8.375″ x 9.75″

Perfect Bound

Three Paper Stocks

French Paper Insulation Pink

Neenah UV ULTRA II Translucent

French Paper Grout Gray