Inspired by the city on the Drava River and its inhabitants a formal-informal-inclusive concept was created.The formality is manifested in a clear and legible layout of a complex scientific content structure, in which words of Osijek town speech are emphasized by "stretching".Inclusive design, with typography and hierarchy, is fully adapted to people with specific learning disorders.
Reflecting the city's rhythm, the informal design permeates the content with unexpected interventions within the text with chapter titles that visually interpret the four-voice system.
Following the characteristics of the system, the authentic Osijek pronunciation is visualized by the size and positions of the syllables within the word. Apart from providing pronunciation visualization, the monograph includes QR codes of sound recordings for words commonly used in Osijek.In addition to typographical games, the book is completed with stylized illustrations of changing form, by Monika Markić, whose origin is the Drava River. The wavy intertwining, without a clear beginning and end, creates a series of amorphous characters in which all residents of Osijek can be identified.While the monograph is dominated by the white-blue contrast, the spirit of Osijek is also visible on the cover, which contains the city's untold stories and legends written in the collective memory of an individual interpretation.
Three authors, three independent studies, three different approaches to the authentic topic of the city on the Drava river — created a book that you hold in your hands!Ph.D. Ana Mikić Čolić is employed as an associate professor at the Croatian Language and Literature, The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, J.J. Strossmayer University in Osijek. She received her Ph.D. in 2012 at The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences with the topic “Creation of neologisms in the Croatian language after 1990”.Mirjam Milas, mag. art., in desire to make a world more inclusive place, she graduated in 2019 visual communication at the School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb. As an freelancer, she always strives for a creative breakthrough, therefore she approaches projects analytically, systematically and conceptually, following her own definition of design "Complexity in simplicity".Ph.D. Lorna Rajle is always delighted with the energy of the streets of Osijek as well as its inhabitants. She is interested in all aspects of language, speech, their role in society and the life of an individual. She received her Ph.D. in 2021 with the topic “Accent system of Osijek speech”.