Hannah Marshall is a graphic designer in New York, NY. She holds a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design. She is interested in language, specificity, and how the light is hitting the wall right over there.

Contact: hanmrshl@gmail.com
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Depicting a Queer Mundane

A book that explores the (im)possiblity of queer mundanity through art and writing by queer people. What does a queer mundane look like when the notion of “queer” is perhaps antithetical to our conception of mundanity?

Food

An investigation in making language visible and meaning intuitive to quietly enliven how we interpret the famously difficult text, Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein. Using the “Food” section, strategies of the text such as rhythm, repetition, and unfamiliar word pairings are visualized spatially, broken up in decisive increments that exert pressure on the individual word and its role within a larger structure. Pauses and duration are extended and made material, while contrast implies shifts in tone and emphasis.

A Traveler's Guide to Cape Cod

A book in the form of an unassuming travel guide. Its content and appearance gradually unravel as the reader is led into strange specificity and hyper-detail (ending up in an account of a 1904 bird sighting) arousing unease and questions of relevance.

Minetta Lane

A concept for an app that requests the noticing and documentation of two walls with an implied connection. The sense of importance given to these walls is ultimately arbitrary, however, it affords an opportunity to witness the effect of light in relation to time upon a fixed surface. The app relies on geographic proximity to begin. A chronological archive of user-submitted photo sets is unlocked once the documentation is done for a first time.

Crumb

An instruction-based app that creates an opportunity to feel at ease and engaged while walking.

Gem

A somewhat inexplicable 3-issue publication that interpretively explores an idea, across no particular subject, in great detail. The issues are: (1) Enhance (2) Futility (3) Bread & Butter. The subject of each issue directly influences its structure and layout.
For example, Issue 2 explores concepts of futility, uselessness, and things that are bound to fail. Titles, photos, and text are separated into 3 sections, making the reading experience disjointed and impossible.
Issue 3 explores the converse notions of separation and the inability to separate, inspired by the superstitious expression “bread and butter.” Tear-out posters are included.

Web Experiments

Weather: real-time temperature and humidity visualizer for my zip code in Brooklyn. Higher levels of humidity cause sluggish movement and blurriness, like condensation and dense air. Temperature influences color.


Chat: an application that visualizes chatting as a way to fill silence. Each message outputs an orange rectangle, whose height corresponds to character length. As more is said, the page becomes saturated.