Through the lens of a “citizen”

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a citizen is:

1: an inhabitant of a city or town; especially; one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman

2: a member of a state; a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it.
Today is now Thursday, February 26 and since Monday’s class I’ve taken the time to contemplate about what makes an individual a citizen of his/her environment. Growing up in a Jamaican household I have learned that many things separate U.S culture from Jamaican culture. The pronunciation of words, our culinary choices, the rules we abide by, and especially the documentation we hold are different.
More excitingly I learned people from various cultures view design in magnificent ways. Preparing for my trip to Jamaica, my sisters read The Jamaica Star and Jamaica Gleaner. It was obvious the papers were designed to attract two different audiences. The Jamaica Star used simplistic typography vs. Jamaica Gleaner. The organization of story hierarchy also differed in the papers. It was like looking at The New York Times vs. The Daily News; huge difference.
After observing each paper I believe the goal of design is to create a universal language for all people to understand. What is it about your typography, outline, colors, fonts, layout hierarchy, etc. that unifies those who are told they are immigrants, visitors, aliens, or citizens.
Great design is the entrance to society for any individual looking to be a citizen.
— Tuso Z. Boothe

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