From Elphaba with her green skin to Evan Hansen's immediately recognizable blue polo, Broadway characters exist beyond the context of the stage and within the culture at large. But for graphic designer Desiree Nasim, a talent with design and a passion for theatre yielded a minimalist exploration into the root of each character. And thus her Character Charts was born.
“It started back in art school. I loved iconography and geometric design, and I wanted to create a project for myself outside of class about a subject I was passionate about. Naturally, I chose theatre,” Nasim explains.
“I would go see a show and return home to make a chart. It felt like my unique way of thanking a production and giving back. The costumes and colors were inspiring, and interpreting them was a fun challenge. I chose a minimal style so that each chart felt universal, identifiable by character and not a specific cast.”
Since then, Nasim has created over 100 charts. From Hadestown to Hello, Dolly!, check out Nasim's designs and follow along as she creates more character charts on Instagram.