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Tower Light Literary Magazine

Tower Light Literary Magazine

In 2012, 2013, and 2014, I designed three sep­a­rate issues of Hillsdale College's once-per-semester lit­er­ary mag­a­zine Tower Light. The edi­tors gave me a lot of cre­ative free­dom, espe­cially for the first two issues I designed. (The editor of the third issue wanted to mimic the design of Poetry mag­a­zine for the layout, so I repro­duced a look more than cre­ated one.)

For the first issue, I worked with a fellow stu­dent on the cover, pro­vid­ing art direc­tion and edit­ing on a char­coal draw­ing she cre­ated.

The second issue was my favorite. The editor wanted to evoke the feel­ing of a 1970s paper­back, so I devel­oped a palette inspired by some of the pop­u­lar colors of that decade but tweaked for a more con­tem­po­rary feel. The cover illus­tra­tion was all my work, and I loved exper­i­ment­ing with that abstract, col­or­ful style.

The third issue was more of a pro­fes­sional exe­cu­tion project than a cre­ative enter­prise, but at least the con­straints made the project easier. The cover pho­to­graph was taken by Sally O'Donnell, now a tal­ented wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher based in the Chicago area. Check out her web­site if you're look­ing for a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher: She shot some­thing like half of my friends' wed­dings, and I can't say enough good things about her work.


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