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DETAILS

Editorial Design / Publication Design / Print

Ninth Letter is the award-winning literary arts journal and collaboration of the Creative Writing Program and Graphic Design Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I was one of the two senior designers and worked with eight other designers and closely with the Art Director, Natalie F. Smith.

I designed two Ninth Letter books. Check out the first, Ninth Letter Vol 16. No 2, with the button below.

Methods + Tools

Typesetting

Hand-Lettering

Illustration

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Illustrator

Collaborators

Joanna Byrne

Taylor Chism

Anna Korol

Edgar Madrigal

Charlotte Peloquin

Hayley Peterson

Gabe Rodriguez

Anna Sealey

Natalie F. Smith

Year

Jan 2020 - May 2020

DESIGN CHALLENGES

The team worked remotely with limited resources because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As a result, we reflected on what life has been like at home during the quarantine. The book illustrates at-home activities, and hand-made goods such as masks and doing more at home cooking. As a result of limited resources, we created illustrations and hand-lettering text to reflect the time period.

 

FINAL DESIGNS

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DESIGN PROCESS

 

Typesetting

As a team, we decided on the typefaces for the journal. As a senior designer, I helped the art director determine the final type specifications. 

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Hand Lettering

 I was also involved in a majority of the hand lettering. The entire table of contents, the majority of author names, and some of the title pages were hand-lettered by me.

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Front-Matter Pages

I designed the table of contents and title page of the book. I was forced out of my comfort zone and did some illustration and hand lettering for these pages. As a result, I am more confident in my illustration and typesetting abilities.

Title Page 

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Table of Contents

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Main Text Pages

For the main text pages, the team wanted to create a unique illustration for each chapter opener. Furthermore, we wanted to illustrate home activities during quarantine for the part openers. I worked on two chapter openers as well as three of the part openers.

Cars

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Best There Is

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Creative Nonfiction

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Fiction

My team member, Edgar Madrigal, started this part opener. He illustrated the TV and game system. I added the graphics on the TV and did some color adjusting.

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Where We're at

My team member, Taylor Chism, started this part opener. When the class had ended, there were still revisions to be done. I volunteered to keep working on the book after the class ended. I worked closely with the art director to revise this part opener.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Working on this project allowed me to explore all kinds of design skills. I was able to improve my typography and learn more about typesetting. Furthermore, I stepped out of my comfort zone illustrating and hand lettering. It was a great experience working with so many other designers and see our work all come together. Natalie, our art director, has taught me so much about typography. As a result, she is my mentor and friend to this day.