Good For One Fare

A homage to the heroes, tragedy and psychogeography of Philadelphia

The term psychogeography was invented by Guy Debord in 1955. Inspired by the concept of the flâneur–an urban wanderer–Debord suggested new and inventive ways of navigating the urban environment in order to examine its architecture and spaces.

I took the idea of wandering and how the environment directly influences experience to heart when I wrote the short stories in Good For One Fare. I drew inspiration from conversations that I overheard on the subway, comments on Instagram and Facebook, and my own personal experience and the experiences of close friends. I took a free-roaming, collage-like and artistic approach to combining the true and imaginary adventures of citizens from different neighborhoods in Philadelphia into a new narrative that is able to reveal deeper truths about the city than a strict documentary retelling would be able to.

The stories are at times dire and other times humorous. They explore the effects of the opioid epidemic, long-entrenched ethnic, racial and economic class alliances and conflicts, rampant gentrification, and poverty. Despite the heavy nature of the tales, I hope that they reveal the humanity of each of the characters, and inspire people to think a bit harder about the lives of people in other neighborhoods of their own city.

As part of my participation in the Radical Cut-Up program at the Sandberg Institute, I had the chance to take the writing in the book and transform it into an installation at the Looiersgracht 60 Gallery in Amsterdam. Building on the idea of wandering through a city via public transit, I created a set of oversize Septa tokens. Despite the advent of contact-less payment systems that many public transit systems throughout the world utilized, Philadelphia held on to its archaic token and transfer system until 2017.

I chose the token because it alluded to the inherent dysfunction and game of catch up that many of Philadelphia’s institutions play, and also because I liked the idea that a token allowed you entry into a system, and afforded a way to travel through a city. In this case, the system or city that you are granted entry to is my book of stories.

Each token has a citation from the book written on in, creating a talismanic link to the people and places in Good For One Fare. The set of tokens was placed throughout the gallery, and accompanied by a release and reading of the book itself.

Project

Services

Industries

1 Faster Than_

Global Advertising Campaign

Adidas Running

2 Carbon Social Club

Identity Design

Podcast

3 PSFK

Digital Design & Strategy

Trend Forecasting

4 256

Digital Design & Strategy

Gaming

5 Good For One Fare

Installation and Book

Self-Initiated

6 Strategic HR

Book Design

Strategy & Business

7 Adidas Ultraboost 19

Global Advertising Campaign

Running Sports

8 City as Character

Book Design

Self-Initiated

9 Asian Arts Initiative

Book Design

Arts & Culture

10 Kill Screen

Digital Design & Strategy

Gaming

11 The World by Train

Book Design

Self Initiated

12 Next City Anniversary

Editorial Design

Urbanism

13 An Inaccurate, Incomplete and Absolutely True History of the City of Philadelphia

Installation and Publication

Self-Initiated

14 Philagrafika

Book Design

Publishing

15 Michael Snow / Photo-Centric

Book Design

Arts & Culture

16 LoDown x Radical Cutup

Editorial Design

Fashion, Arts & Culture

17 The Pool

Graphic Identity

Fashion

18 The World Stage

Strategic Design, Publishing

Non-Profit

19 Next City

Strategic Design

Urbanism

20 Akustikplatten

Identity Design

Music

21 Heartworm Press

Book Design

Publishing

22 Letting Go

Book Design

Arts & Culture

23 Steve Powers

Strategic Design, Publishing

Art

24 The Stumbling Present

Book Design

Arts & Culture

25 Swindle

Art Direction, Design

Arts & Culture, Fashion

26 Common Touch

Art Direction, Book Design

Arts & Culture

27 City Limits

Art Direction, Design

Urbanism, Publishing

28 Minimal Risk

Graphic Identity

Fashion

29 Riverview

Web Design, Graphic Identity

Real Estate

30 Fels Policy Research Initiative

Web Design, Graphic Identity

Education

31 Red Collective

Graphic Identity

Real Estate

32 Room 21

Web Design, Graphic Identity

Arts & Culture

33 ICPH

Web Design

Non-Profit