Autism Spectrum Disorder

I am a father of someone that has autism.  For the last few years since my son’s diagnosis, I have gotten more involved with trying to understand how my son and others with ASD think. This project is my perspective of others who I know with autism. I interviewed individuals & each person is different from one another.  

I also have never really liked the design choice of the “puzzle piece” for the logo representing autism. There have been many movements and requests to actually change it. It can sometime feel like the puzzle piece represents a piece is missing from the person with autism. That can sometimes sound degrading. I chose to rebrand autism as well.  



Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication. It Is also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior.

Penrose Triangle Branding

A penrose triangle is an optical illusion. It was first created by the Swedish artist Oscar Reutersvärd in 1934. Independently from Reutersvärd, the triangle was devised and popularized in the 1950s by psychiatrist Lionel Penrose and his son, prominent mathematician Roger Penrose, who described it as "impossibility in its purest form." Pen is a celtic word meaning “head” or mind.  So, for some reasoning behind my choice for the Penrose triangle as my inspiration. Each level of a diagnosis determines the level of treatment or assistance the individual may require. Like many other things in life, autism is surrounded by unanswered questions. Some things are a mystery and somethings are being more and more discovered. The “A” form was extended out to emphisise the relation to the word “Autism.”

“Being autistic is cool.” 

“Our lives are not so different.”

Michelle “Its like living in a world where people have telepathy except you.” 

The pandemic of 2020 took some parts of my project away. I planned to build a wall that showed a perspective illusion of words spread across the whole wall with three television screens showing a motion poster of each person I interviewed. Silhouettes of their heads containing their passions in them.  

The project was meant for physical viewing. 

Sadly the place where I was constructing this was not my own home and to help with the pandemic spread my family and I practiced social distancing.  

The zine* I created was printed in a Riso Printer. This is much different then a regular 4 color process printer. An everyday printer usually contains 4 colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black (CMYK). This printer however only uses spot colors. The ink is pre-mixed to create a solid color ink that goes straight on the paper. The ink also doesnt dye the paper like a process printer does.  The ink just is layed on to the paper. This actually makes it so you can erase any ink you dont want on the page. You are also only able to print two colors at once.  For example, when I printed this zine, I started out with pink and blue. Then I had to wait for it to dry and then print on the other side. After all the pages got pink and blue on them, then I changed the ink inside to yellow and black. Same process of printing and setting out to dry.  It took a total of 5 days to print out everything. 

* zine - a small publication of bigger projects or of individual works. 

Before all this happens you need to layout your booklet with seperate files of the different colors you want printed.  And those files need to be black and white. An example of each is below.

Like learning how to help my son with autism, I wanted to learn a new way to print something in a way I have never done before.  The process was hard and not what I expected, but the reward was something extra special. Just like helping my son, this process is hard and new but, the outcome is absolutely worth every minute of hard work. 

︎ Check it out here ︎