Age of Anxiety | Editorial Typography Narrative

How is a trend established? And how do trends influence and infiltrate history? This editorial typography narrative explores the power of McCarthyism in 1950s United States' culture.

The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism is a six-part interactive book series designed to help the user engage with and understand the McCarthyism trend, as well as the impact this trend has had upon the American political system today.  The solution is purely typographic — relying on visual rhetoric, distortions of reality, and obstructions of order to communicate the trend of McCarthyism. 


The power of a trend is derived from society. In order for ideologies or behaviors to gain a following, an individual or group must establish the social value of a trend. The trend of McCarthyism during the 1950s Cold War began in such a way. 


Age of Anxiety: Exterior

During the McCarthy era, it was difficult for one to gain a full understanding of political reality. In order to access the “truth” of McCarthyism, the user must balance aggression and delicacy while interacting with the form, which is designed with intentional barriers to communication.

Age of Anxiety: Accessing Content

From book one to six, there are fluctuations of disorder, structural deterioration, and chaos as the narrative becomes increasingly layered and complex. At times, justice and order is dominant; other times, chaos wins — much like the reign of McCarthyism.

Age of Anxiety: Book One to Six Interior

From book one to book six, the end-page abstractions become progressively dark and illegible to match the tone of the narrative.

Age of Anxiety: Abstractions