Idiom #1

by Jayme Yen
serial publication / zine
staple-bound, 16 pages
two-color, risograph, edition 200
published by New Laconic, 2016

Get your ducks in a row
Bear in mind
Push the envelope
Salad days

An idiom is a group of words whose overall meaning cannot be derived from the meaning of its constituent words. In short, the parts do not equal the whole. Despite this linquistic trick, idioms exist all around, in every language, and each acts like a small window into a culture’s beliefs and the way it sees the world.

IDIOM explores the role that written and visual metaphors play in establishing shared languages. Each issue comes in a different, but familiar, format. IDIOM #1 is conceived as an editor’s letter, written as a collection of personal letters, and establishes the intention and concerns for this publication series moving forward.

Idiom #1 excerpt

Idiom #1 excerpt

Jayme Yen is a designer and curator. She is currently Design Director at On the Boards, and worked previously as Creative Director at Schema and Head of Design at the Henry Art Gallery. Jayme holds a BFA in sociology from Yale University, and an MFA in design from the Yale School of Art. She was awarded a fellowship grant from The New Foundation Seattle, and held a researcher post at the Van Eyck, NL. Her book design has received recognition from the D&AD and the Grafische Cultuurstichting, NL, and her work has been included in exhibitions in New Zealand, South Korea, the Netherlands, and Belgium.