life · Publishing

I’ve officially embarked on the tempestuous seas of Major Project

Ah, Major Project, how do I describe thee? Well, for one, I can tell you’re going to be a labor of love and simultaneous loathing. Through the calm inlets of market research, to the more fathomless waters of editorial design, I will be undertaking the self-publication of a magazine devoted to indie crafts and the people who are behind them.

So far I have been frantically e-mailing friends and course-mates to acquire contributors for my little publication. At this point, I’ve got enough people in agreement that I can start to worry about other things, such as, you know, everything else.

I wrote a schedule the other day, but am not keeping to it very well. In fact, I’ve managed to switch things around and postpone about 50% of it so far. Not a good start to the journey, but I’m confident anyway.

The reason being is that I love designing things and I think the only thing that will propel me through the more tedious aspects of this project (sourcing images, editing text, conducting market research) is the metaphorical light at the end of the tunnel: I get to design and publish a magazine.

Words cannot express how excited I am about this project! I’ve completed some work before for other publications. The first thing I ever really designed on InDesign (a life-changing experience if ever there was one) was my Alma mater’s student newspaper The Juniatian. 

Next I tried my hand at designing something a little more creative. Looking back, it was very amateurish, but it was my first design project ever and I’m still proud of it: Kvasir‘s “Renewal” issue was 40 pages, black and white, and run by the nicest, but oddest, group of 18 and 19 year olds I’ve ever met. I would never put the issue in my portfolio, but it was a start. I learned a lot about editorial design in that.

Mainly, I learned that you have to let the content speak and not overwhelm it with design– something I neglected in my excitement to create something on my own.

Now, I’ve designed a couple of sample pages for various projects, some basic marketing material, and instructed a lot of my coursemates on the use of InDesign so I feel really confident that this is going to be a pretty amazing experience.

I’ll attempt to keep this blog posted with updates of my progress. So far I’ve read the book What is publication design? and thoroughly enjoyed it. The book itself wasn’t anything new or challenging, but added an extra layer of confidence.

I know what I’m doing.

I just need to get on and do it.


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