julia wang

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

This is a movie project to explore and make new connections between dialogue in movie and typography. I chose an emotional dialogue between main actor Finn and main actress Estella in one of my favorite movies “Great Expectations”. I gained opportunity to investigate the relation between forms of letters and its meaning.


To only use geometric form and type for illustrating the dialogue. The deliverables should be a large-scale poster and a miniature book.


Poster Design
Mini Book Design


Movie: Great Expectations (1998)

Great Expectations is a 1998 contemporary film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1861 novel of the same name, co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hank Azaria, Robert De Niro, Anne Bancroft and Chris Cooper.

Genres: Drama / Romance

More Details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Expectations_(1998_film)


Lines From The Movie

What is it like not to feel anything?

Let’s say there was a little girl.
And from the time she could understand, she was taught to fear…
Let’s say she was taught to fear daylight.
She was taught that it was her enemy that it would hurt her.
And then one sunny day, you ask her to go outside and play, and she won’t.
You can’t be angry at her, can you?

I knew that little girl and I saw the light in her eyes ­­
and no matter what you say or be, that’s still what I see.

We are who we are. People don’t change.



I manipulated shapes, including square, circle and triangle with different sizes and directions of typography, in order to illustrate the conflict dialogue between two people.



For expressing conflicts in the dialogue, I designed a book, which combines two books together, but shall be read separately. The book on the left side represents Finn and the book on the right side represents Estella.