There are words and phrases everyone loves; we find them inspiring, convincing, or amusing. Others we find crude, hurtful, or inappropriate. But who decides how we feel about these words and phrases? Who gets to choose what you can and can’t say, and which use of language is good or bad, or inappropriate? The Taalmuseum, or language museum, explores these questions in their exhibition ‘Who owns language’?
One part of the exhibition focuses on the history of language used in the Dutch parliament. We created the design and illustrations for an extensive timeline of this history, displayed on a large wall. We also designed the exhibition brochure for visitors to take home.
The Taalmuseum wanted to make sure visitors were drawn to the timeline from beginning to end. They provided us with an overview of every language-related event in the history of the Dutch parliament, and gave us complete creative freedom to create fitting and entertaining illustrations.
The illustrations depicting the historical events were drawn by hand, after which they were colored and edited digitally.
As you can see, texts, words and phrases play important role in the illustrations. It is an exhibition about language, after all.