Concept, Design Direction, Design, Programming
LaSean Marie Patton
Graphic Arts Studio
During the state-mandated lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, photographer Brandon Alexander traveled the United States, capturing images of ”an empty America we’ve never seen before.” What followed was a collection of deep landscapes of vacancy and isolation. Span designed a limited artist's edition of 250 books, each featuring a different cover and pagination within, to serve as both archive and expression of a wandering journey through one of our country’s darkest times.
Custom software was written in Processing to generate the artwork for the covers, each a wandering path through random points along the way. The covers were then produced on uncoated black paper via digital printing in multiple hits of white ink. Inside, the portfolio was printed on high-gloss paper to maximize the depth of the extremely dark photography.