Interabang tells Untold Stories of Cardboard Citizens charity

Interabang has designed the annual review for Cardboard Citizens, a charity that helps homeless people through performing arts.

Untold Stories annual review
Untold Stories annual review

The consultancy has worked with the charity on a number of previous projects, and this is the fourth annual review it has delivered for them.

Stories spread
Stories spread

Ian Mclean, Interabang joint creative director, says, ‘We wanted it to be more than an annual review – it’s used to promote [the charity] and show them in a good light. Their skill is making a homelessness charity and a theatre come together.’

This year’s review, which has been split into three publications, is based on the theme Untold Stories.

The three parts of the annual review
The three parts of the annual review

The bellyband that holds the books together acts as a symbolic silencer, effectively ‘gagging’ and covering the mouths of the cover portraits of people the charity has helped.

In this way, the mouths are only uncovered – and the stories told – when the reports are opened.

Figures spread
Figures spread

Infographics are used throughout review, which is split into three publications  – Stories, which is the ‘main meat’ of the review, says Mclean; Figures, which shows the statistics and accounts and a book which provides more information on the charity’s theatre productions.

Annual review spread
Annual review spread

Mclean says, ‘We wanted to give it quite a clean, classic nicely-considered design because of the strange, innovative format. If you were to look at one book individually, there’s nothing too outlandish going on, but the way it’s set out is the differentiating, creative part.

‘The covers are quite restrained, with the focus on the big face’.

Facts spread
Facts spread

The three parts of the review each show a different face on the front and back covers, and can be rearranged to make a number of different combinations.

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  • Chris Low November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    It makes me very proud of my profession when I see brilliant examples of how powerful great design communication can be… To be able to bring beauty to an ugly subject that needs GREAT attention…
    Kudos to Interabang!

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