Hello, my name is Shubo. At the University of Portsmouth, I have recently completed my BA (Hons) Graphic Design undergraduate degree. I've dabbled in all facets of graphic design, but editorial design has piqued my interest because of the process involved in producing a printed format from the beginning. My interest in Graphic Design began at a young age, when I was intrigued by how particular designs were produced and the techniques/software used to put them together. As a result, I studied Graphic Design at both the GCSE and A Level levels. It influenced me to strengthen my design skills and study Graphic Design at university afterwards.
1971: The Bloody Birth of Bangladesh
For the final year Major Project, I chose to centre my project on the Bangladesh Liberation War. In the book, I wanted to highlight Bangladesh's history, from important events leading up to the war, such as the 1970 Pakistani general election and Operation Searchlight, to events that occurred after the war, such as the Bangladesh famine of 1974 and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's assassination. I also wanted to demonstrate the devastating impacts of war on a country, as the innocent population of Bangladesh were subjected to horrible events such as rape and massacres while fighting the Pakistani Army for independence. Through the use of images and design, this book intends to educate readers on Bangladesh's war for independence by going into detail on the aforementioned events.
In order to communicate what happened in the Liberation War, I chose to create a book showcasing a timeline of when and how the war started to the aftermath of the war, and how it affected Bangladesh, in terms of key events such as the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Creating a book allowed me to fully communicate as I used different ways to communicate the events through the use of images, text and infographics, such as the 1970 Pakistani general election table showing how the Awami League won the election, which in turn led to the start of the war due to their growing demand of independence.
In conclusion, I chose to write this book for a young audience because many young people, particularly Bengalis, have no idea how Bangladesh became independent from Pakistan or what occurred during the Liberation War. This is why I chose this topic for my Major Project because I wanted to bring attention to the conflict and the challenges Bangladesh had to face in order to gain independence.