Hawaii is known for being a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches, waterfalls and volcanos. It is lesser known for the beautiful typography that graces the buildings of the islands. From bustling cities, to small towns and even the most remote areas, Wander Type Hawaii explores the vernacular type of the islands. Featuring samples from Maui, Oahu and the Big Island, each type specimen is displayed and analyzed.
Scattered amongst the typography are the Hawaiian names of native plant species. The land is the most important asset to the people of Hawaii and they strive to protect and honor it. Invasive species that come from outside the islands threaten to push the native species to endangerment or extinction.
Eleanor Wind’s exploration of typography in Hawaii is inspired by her personal journey. As a visitor of the Big Island, she has spent time with her family who are locals. Her experiences draw her closer to the Aloha spirit that the people of Hawaii embody. Everyone is welcomed with open arms and any hardships are taken in stride and washed away like the waves on the shore.
Wander Type Hawaii displays the typography of the islands in a light that brings awareness to the hand crafted letterforms in parallel to the plight of native flora species while honoring the people of Hawaii and their commitment to the islands.
About the Author: Eleanor Wind
Eleanor Wind is a student at Nova Southeastern University. While she is studying biology and neuroscience with the goal of going into healthcare, she fosters her passion for art by studying graphic design. Eleanor is also an avid swimmer and actively competes and leads the University Club Swim team. In her free time she can be found searching for and cooking new recipes. Eleanor has visited Hawaii and spent time with her family who are locals, so the islands are very close to her heart.
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Wander Type: Hawaii