The goals I had for this assignment were mainly for myself. When I created this magazine, it was online during the pandemic, I was taking six classes during that semester, and I was exhausted. I used this project as an outlet for myself as a way to stay motivated and encouraged. When I finished the magazine, I hoped that whoever read it would also feel those things as well. I felt that the topic was something not many people choose to address and shining a light on the fact that it is a problem is one of the first steps to personal healing.
At first, I wanted the design to seem fairly simple; focusing on a neutral color palette, soft colors, and type that was legible and easy to read. I wanted people to feel comfortable and for the magazine to represent a safe place. However, the thought of healing not necessarily being a "comfortable" process was something that stuck with me. I decided to do the exact opposite of my initial ideas. I created an intense space with a lot of contrasting colors to represent the fact that healing and the process of healing from something is usually painful.
The end result was very effective, even for myself. Flipping through all the pages, the start of the magazine was very vibrant and chaotic. A lot of the artwork and typography were hard to look at for too long. However, by the end of the magazine, as the design toned down and was easier to look at, the viewer is left with a sense of relief.