WAVE PRESS

I was commissioned to be the Creative Director for Wave Press, working alongside Editor Hannah Bradfield and Assistant Editor Hannah Thompson.

 

I created the identity for the zine as well as commissioning and assigning illustrators, working with the risograph printers and designing the final outcome. 

GIF by LU Arts; original illustration by Cleménce Bahout.

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This brief kept me on my toes as the turnaround was tight (I only had two weeks to design the zine before it went to print), but I'm really pleased with the result.  

 

We received great feedback from contributors and readers, even being interviewed on BBC Radio Leicester about the launch.

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SELECTED DEVELOPMENT

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IDENTITY EXPERIMENTATION

The editors were keen for Wave Press's identity to be a visual nod to previous 1st, 2nd and 3rd wave feminist movements, so I started off by collecting and printing letters from past protest signs. 

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I combined the protest type with water to experiment with literal waves.

 

The collaged letters weren't legible enough beneath the water, so I swapped them out for a heavier typeface that was similar to some of the painted typefaces I'd seen across civil rights protests.

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FINAL LOGO

I feel this combines the qualities and grunginess of protest typography with a cleaner, contemporary twist. 

I ended up simplifying the logo for the final cover as it conflicted too much with the illustration.

 

Sometimes you have to kill your darlings.

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Above is some development from Ngozi Oparah's article. 

I found her short story very rich and absorbing, so I chose Caitlin Binks' lino as a reflection of Oparah's writings. I also tried to mirror the psychedlic-ness of Binks' lino through the gutter, which was tricky.