The Ripple Effect
Based upon Narration, the set of Flag Books applies Todorov’s Narrative Theory of equilibrium to news stories that not only affects those immediately connected to the incident, but also to its surroundings, i.e. the Ripple Effect.
Each book narrates an event that has affected the world; metaphors encompass the stories and are conveyed through the book’s properties that match the fragility of the equilibrium and its relation to a stage in the ripple effect. Variables such as different weights, thicknesses, spans, sizes and paper type helped produce a unique outcome for each event, yet all the books tie in together. Mirroring how people learn, the underlying links are revealed once each book is read.
Book 1 – The Ripple Effect
The smallest book in the series, to signify the single drop that starts the ripple.
Book 2 – All Japan
The title is taken from the cohesive phrase the Japanese use to see them through the tough times ahead.
Book 3 – No ifs, no buts…
The way the flags divide symbolises the two-sided nature of politics; the strong promises supported by weak foundations.
Book 4 – Jamahiriyya
Featuring metaphorical references to Gaddafi's system of governance, it is also the heaviest book representing the overbearing nature of his 40 year reign.
Book 5 – Recovery
Dealing with the subject of recession, this book links all the previous events together, demonstrating the nature of the ripple effect, how each one's activity has contributed to the recession and how it has affected people in other countries.
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