Public parks have served as settings for connecting with friends, building relationships, and immersing myself in nature. The power of parks lies within their position as public spaces – parks are some of the only places that people of all walks of life congregate to enjoy nature. To create DRIFT, I compiled historical research and archival images of the parks, as well as interviewed strangers about their relationship with the park, what they liked to do there, and why the park was meaningful to them. This opportunity gave me the ability to connect with people of different ages, socioeconomic status, and life experience. Publication design became a space for me to practice advocacy and social justice, through the amplification of my community's stories experiences.
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It was fun to experiment with unique forms for this publication, including gatefolds.