This book was designed to speak for those AIDS patients who suffered from the stigma around them. I wove the well-known fairytale The Nightingale and the Rose with this contemporary issue with about the discrimination on AIDS patients. I found The Nightingale and the Rose ended up with a significant finale that the nightingale devoted her life (through using her blood) to dye a rose into crimson and the boy dedicated the rose to the girl who he fell in love with, whereas the girl rejected the rose and it was thrown to the gutter on the street.
Compared to the other sacrifice-themed fairytale by Oscar Wilde, the sacrifice happened on the nightingale was still debatable, some were touched by her gallantry and martyrdom for love. On the other hand, the blindness in true love has driven the bird to death and the caprice in the love of the boy doesn’t deserve that massive a sacrifice. Contemporarily speaking, many of us have become the martyrs of the ridiculous belief that AIDS patients should be stigmatized. The sure thing is that we suffered from the backfire of the discrimination, the isolation, and the stigma that we put on those vulnerable AIDS positives.
For the design of the book, each page is embedded with actual and printed rose thorns, viewers would be tempted to experience a quick prick while reading the content collected from the confessions of AIDS patients. Real blood is scanned and printed on each page to intensify the reading experience. 











The narrative is created via both the metaphors I created from general people’s confession as well as that of the AIDS positives. At the mercy of the wrong belief—the assumed stigmatization, isolation, and discrimination without access to proper education, the misunderstanding between AIDS patients and general people consequently yields cumulative mutual retaliations that have been recorded and indicated by the visual crescendo in the book—the increasing bleeding amount from blood spots to splashes.
Hands and roses have been adopted as a visual mataphor of general people’s being backfired from the misunderstanding, whilst blood stains are representatives of AIDS positives’ sufferings. Both mataphors follow the visual crescendo as follows.



Visual crescendo & Highlights




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