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Times of Restoration

Times of Restoration

Times of Restoration is a bimonthly mag­a­zine pub­lished by The Kingdom Christian Ministries, an orga­ni­za­tion that hosts Christian con­fer­ences and con­ven­tions and serves as the umbrella orga­ni­za­tion for a Bible col­lege in Dublin, NH, and sev­eral churches up and down the East Coast. The mag­a­zine is a lit­er­ary jour­nal, con­tain­ing mostly orig­i­nal arti­cles by friends of KCM and mem­bers of its churches.

One excit­ing aspect of this project was the chal­lenge of cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful, read­able prod­uct while work­ing within the project's tight con­straints. Print pro­duc­tion is han­dled in-house on a low budget (the mag­a­zine is offered for free, dona­tion sug­gested), which means no full-bleed print­ing, copy paper for stock, and only a few spreads of color print­ing per issue. The design embraces those lim­i­ta­tions, main­tain­ing a con­sis­tent margin and using color thought­fully for max­i­mum impact.

Even more excit­ing was the chance to work on a cre­ative blank slate. Before I took over design of the mag­a­zine in November, 2016, the layout was not done pro­fes­sion­ally, and KCM gave me the green light to redesign the entire mag­a­zine from scratch. I used Josef Müller-Brockmann's fan­tas­tic grid system, adopted Kepler and Aktiv Grotesk as the pri­mary fonts, and built styles and con­ven­tions on these foun­da­tional choices. The result is a clean, con­sis­tent style that leaves room for vari­a­tion, nicely bal­anc­ing inter­est and vari­a­tion with ele­gant sim­plic­ity and a lit­er­ary brand.


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