Rethinking Refugee Support
Unconventional report design
Asylum is a basic human right but migrants transversing the Balkan Route often encounter violent pushbacks before they reach the EU border.
IR Aesthetics is a research project working to assess refugee housing and welfare provision at key locations along the Balkan Route.
Having authored a report setting out their findings, IR Aesthetics wanted to create an untraditional report document with a compelling aesthetic.
An unconventional size makes the report stand out when it’s presented alongside typical A format books. We chose the font Koper for titles. It communicates an uncompromising woodcut style. Tipped-in photos are held in place by loop wire staples, causing the publication to feel uncomfortable in the hand.
We created an original hand-drawn Balkan Route map. Presented on textured recycled stock, it’s look and feel calls hand-made migrant maps to mind. Our cover design is printed on G . F Smith Nomad Tan, which features unrefined fibres and earth-like tones.