24 Hours at the Golden Apple

For my senior capstone project, I designed and illustrated a book based on an episode of the radio show This American Life. During this particular episode, the producers spent 24 hours in an all-night diner in Chicago interviewing the owners, staff, and patrons about their experiences and relationship with the diner.

My book is a visual representation of the reportage that took place within that 24-hour span. The content draws inspiration from the recorded interviews and incorporates my own imagined details, speculative narratives, and personal experiences at the diner to further develop the Golden Apple characters and environment. 


An Illustrated Guide to the Golden Apple is an experiment in how facts become fiction when real events are communicated orally, translated to audio, and then interpreted visually. It explores how something auditory can become something pictorial. 

You can read what This American Life had to say about my project here!