julia wang

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Typography / Newspaper Design / Editorial


Typographic Voice And Visual Narrative Of E.T.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a newspaper inspired by Steven Spielberg's movie – E.T.
It is a publication focused on visualizing E.T.’s characteristics through typography and image compositions.

The newspaper integrates several articles as well as 6 typographic pieces designed to
illustrate E.T.’s characteristics, including E.T. can let things float, E.T. burps after drinking beers,
E.T. wants to escape from the government, E.T. is curious about the earth,
E.T. hides on the earth and E.T. feels “ouch” when it says goodbye to the boy.

Articles and quotes used in the newspaper were sourced from film critics, thesis and multiple interviews.


An important characteristic of E.T. is to let things float.
The cover portrays that everyday objects floated by E.T. from bottom perspective.

This piece illustrates E.T. burping after drinking beers.

This piece illustrates that E.T. wants to escape from the government.
Photo Credit: Dick Bruinsma

I was inspired by a scene in the movie that E.T. is curious about a fish tank in the boy’s room.
When E.T. looks through the tank, its eyes are magnified by the tank.
I took several photos of glasses and types that magnified by glasses of water
in different perspectives then extended them layer after layer
in the poster, in the hope of expressing E.T.’s curiosity.

Extensional Design: Poster

This piece illustrates that E.T. hides on the earth.
I put typography under my bed sheet in order to portray something hides from the human world.

This piece illustrates that E.T. feels “ouch” when it says goodbye to the boy.
I use several needles poking into red typography to portray when needles poke into E.T.’s skins and let it feel pain.