TEMPLE WOLA PROJECT
The Temple WOLA project was a collaboration between Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Senior Graphic Design class and Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Our class worked directly with the law students to formulate a way to distribute pro se materials to Central American asylum seekers at the border. These migrants would use this information to support their claims for asylum during their meetings with US Customs and Immigration Asylum Agents. In order to create ways to deliver this information to asylum seekers, our class worked on building a mobile site and a print publication. We divided into three groups, one group dedicated to the mobile site, and another to the print publication, the group I worked with. The third group worked on building an exhibition which included context to the entire problem. This project was intended to help the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. For our project visuals, we focused on Guatemala.
DELIVERABLES: Case Study, Branding
INSTRUCTOR: Bryan Satalino
My group's challenge was to design a print publication that would essentially help asylum seekers present and back up their cases in a court of law. As we discussed the project with the law professors and students, we realized that there was a significant amount of copy, documents, and website information that needed organizing in such a way that these asylum seekers, who are most likely not fluent in English or Spanish, could understand. We needed to make it as simple and helpful as possible, but also build it from a formal approach.
My group had to decide what the physical publication would look like in terms of size and construction. At first, we leaned towards a smaller booklet, possibly designating one booklet to each country. We wanted to have some color in the publication as well. Design-wise, this would look visually appealing. After some consideration though, we we decided on producing a nicely designed, colored publication for our own purposes, as well as a simpler Word Doc for the real version.
We discussed more about the practicality of the booklet idea, which seemed much less convenient than simply having 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper printed out and bound together somehow, which is what we finally decided on. Since this packet was going to be printed multiple times from standard printers, we needed to make it as cheap and easy as possible. This led to our bounding options. We considered saddle stitching, a binder with rings, a packet stapled together, and prong binding.
Because it was important to communicate specifically with people from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, the type of design that they might see in their countries compared to what we are used to is probably much different. As a class, we dove into google maps and searched in different areas of each country, examining what types of design people might see while walking down the street. These places were certainly not design-based, but there were some pretty interesting things to see.
With that being said, the layout of the packet had to be designed, but nothing too fancy. We went over a few general design options and finally landed on one that everyone agreed with. The final packet cover is on the left, and our layout design is on the right.
During a phone call with the law students, we had the idea of making a “how to” instruction page at the beginning of each packet explaining how to use the packet. On this page, there would be simple illustrations along with short sentences explaining how to use it. Because many of these people are not fluent in English or Spanish, illustrations would help guide them through each packet.
Each packet focused on one of three subgroups. These subgroups were women, children, and LGBTQ+ people. Inside the packet, we included different examples of stories and scenarios that each of these subgroups were facing. By designing sections underneath a story to fill in, it gave the option for a person seeking asylum to relate to questions and examples given from the story in order to back up their case and present them in a court during their hearing.
We designed the nicer packet in InDesign, while the simpler black and white version was designed in Word. This was done so that the document could be made into a template and accessed as a blank document as many times as needed. We also designed a different header for the template, seen below.
The collaboration of the Temple Law department and Graphic and Interactive Design program delivered a final and valuable project intended to help the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The print publication will be distributed to Central American asylum seekers at the border and will be used to help individuals present their cases in a court of law. The mobile site, which follows a similar system to the print publication, will allow individuals with phones to access the same articles and translate the copy from English to Spanish. The exhibition, which gained positive reactions from the audience, was organized to spread the word on the importance of the Temple Law Asylum Project.