Students were asked to develop and hand-craft a magazine publication with complete creative control over the verbal and visual content. Article designs had to include different types of elements with some featuring illustration, photography, typography, and real objects as imagery.
The content of this magazine focuses on ethnic minority groups and discussing issues that do not necessarily get discussed in mainstream culture. By providing a platform for these issues, discussions are raised and can potentially lead to future solutions or individuals resonating with the publication. Representation is a critical component of how individuals see themselves within the context of modern day society and the importance of providing a work where under-represented demographics see relevant topics is significant. By researching key issues to a variety of ethnic groups, I allowed the context of the issue to drive the visual imagery and wrote about the issues myself. Allowing the content to drive the imagery establishes a verbal-visual closure that unifies the magazine in both appearance and message.
The magazine came together as a piece that holds true to myself as a designer-- providing a platform to make an impact upon under-represented individuals. Design is a part of everyday life and the ability to potentially resonate with just one individual makes the process of generating writing and art worthwhile. This publication discusses important issues and attempts to bring to light the concerns of individuals whose voices are not heard over the commotion of privileged groups. With minority groups exponentially growing in today's America, the need to recognize and embrace them has become evermore necessary.