Min Ryung Son

Studio Projects, RISD
Book Design

Timeline of Wars in History is a laser-cut book that comprises a list of all wars noted in the historical record from 1900 to the present. The book visualizes content using various elements of book structure. It highlights the duration and fatalities of each of the wars through codes of laser cut circles and varied treatments of the three edges of the book. The top edge of the book illustrates the ten deadliest wars, represents a decade, and the bottom edge demonstrates the ten longest wars. The thickness of book also represents time in a physical sense, with two pages equaling one year. Because of this complex and layered design, the book has an introduction explaining how to interpret this symbolic language. By transforming the historical data into a physical and temporal experience for the reader, I highlight the devastating consequences of war. 

Source material : http://www.war-memorial.net/