Katherine Motta

Graphic Designer & Type Enthusiast

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Even the Darkest Night will End and the Sun will Rise

I chose this phrase, "Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise," from the last song in the musical Les Miserables.  It has always been one of my favorite shows, but I recently got to watch my brother perform in a version of it, and that made it all the more special to me.  I love the hopeful nature of this phrase, both in the context of the movie and in real life. 

The intent of my design would be for it to be an art print or poster; I love having inspiring prints all over the walls of my studio, so I enjoy making those for other people too.  Ideally there will be a slight nod to the source of the quote, perhaps with the colors (red and blue for the French flag), but no direct references or images.  I want this to be able to stand on its own as simply an inspiring quote, not necessarily just for people who love Les Mis. 

Here are the words I came up with through brainstorming: 

I'd like for there to be a lot of contrasting elements, reflecting the idea of dark vs. light, night vs. day, etc.  This could include sunburst - type elements, flourishes vs. straight lines, and very ornamental type vs. more plain serif type.  I looked at a lot of 19th century type styles, (since that's the period relating to the musical), whether from handpainted signs, old tea tins, even book title pages.  I found lots of borders, flourishes, banners and seals incorporated into the type designs. 

Here's some of my inspiration so far: 

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