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Love Letters

This editorial piece called Love Letters is based on the romanticization of serial killers that were active in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. Many people have an obsession with things such as singers, bands, fashion and even serial killers. The obsession with serial killers is a strange one as it makes you question how people, mainly women, can admire and condone what happens to people just like them. This sort of behaviour is known as hybristophilia, which is described as an attraction to people who've committed extraordinary crimes. This sort of behaviour was more prevalent in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s as the likes of Ted Bundy, Richard Ramierz and Jeffrey Dahmer were the centre of media attention.

Women were more likely to reach out to incarcerated criminals as there was thousands of letters sent to these killers, declaring love and admiration for them, ignoring the horrific crimes they have committed, so this book looks at the letters that are exchanged between prisoners and the women that write to them.

It will explore this concept through the use of imagery accompanied by handwritten typography, resembling the love letters exchanged between fans and killers while giving information on hybristophilia itself. The purpose of this piece is to make people question why there is a romantic obsession around killers and why their crimes and looks are always spoken about in the same sentence.

PROCESS


Just like any other project we do in college, it all starts with the research. Research helps with getting a deeper understanding of the chosen subject matter and always reveals other interesting topics that have to do with this issue. I established my desired aesthetic during the research phase by exploring Pinterest, 100 Archive and any other website that shows editorial pieces. I found it important to have this decided before starting as it stops any panic during the production of it. Planning to make an editorial piece can be challenging but I learned that starting with paper mockups of your book size and layout is important as it cuts down the time you spend on different software. Test prints are also a very valuable activity as it helps to discover any errors in font sizes, page layouts and the way the book prints before printing the final product.

Achieving the final piece is a challenging road but going into the designing phase with your research and assets gathered and your aesthetic established aids in the process of producing the final version.