Rolands Zilvinskis — Graphic Designer & Photographer
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The Zodiac Killer

 

The Zodiac Killer

Editorial Design

The brief requested to choose an event, invention or person associated with the year 1969, and to produce an editorial piece of work based around the chosen subject. My choice was to design an editorial book based on the Zodiac Killer.

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The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who terrorised and brought fear to the people of Northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Over the period of 5 years, he sent at least 18 cryptic letters to the press, taunting police officers for their inability to capture him, as well as disclosing any motivation or reasoning for the killings and offering clues for future murders. He had claimed to have murdered 37 people, but only 5 have been confirmed. His identity still remains unknown. 

To make the book more interesting to read, it tells the story of the Zodiac Killer from the police officers, surviving victims, police dispatchers and detective Dave Toschi’s perspective, who was the main detective assigned on the case. The book follows a timeline of events, giving a detailed description on each murder, alongside photographs of the actual victims, whose faces are crossed out with the infamous Zodiac symbol. Also, interesting and concept-worthy quotes have been pulled from various sources and used accordingly on separate spreads, presented in an experimental manner.

Dave Toschi was unable to capture the Zodiac Killer, ultimately taking its toll on his health both physically and mentally, which is reflected on the last pages of the book, where he feels small and helpless while the world is closing in on him. The story finishes with “Who is the Zodiac and where is he?”, leaving the reader confused, overwhelmed and disappointed, while feeling empathetic for the detective.

The final 60 page long book is printed on Munken Pure Rough 120gsm paper, section sewed with an exposed bind.

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