Love is Love
A type-driven response to a sonnet written by Lin-Manuel Miranda:
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
We rise and fall and light from dying embers,
remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love
is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
Award winning writer, performer, artist and activist Lin-Manuel Miranda performed the sonnet below as his thank you speech when receiving a Tony for best playwright in 2016. This sonnet was written in response to the Pulse LGBT+ nightclub shooting where 49 people were killed. He wrote words as a social message of love in light of a terrorist mass shooting attack on the LGBT community, which at the time was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. This record has devastatingly recently been surpassed. In a time where hate is all around and news of tragedy feels almost numbed by society this sonnet today rings true and loud. His words echo and strive to be stand of resistance to those who try and tear down hope and perform acts of obscene affliction against the world.
I used an illustrative style to represent the more organic and human element of the message. The two typefaces I created are made to contrast one another, one with a more whimsical feeling to represent hope and the other more hard edged. The narrative we follow is that of a bird, from its creation of the egg to its triumph of flight until its downfall, eventual rebirth into the light and finally its freedom from the darkness.