The Yale Literary Magazine /

 editorial

In Spring of 2014, I was asked to design the Yale Literary Magazine, the oldest literary magazine in the United States. The editors wanted a stylish design, but one that would fade into the background while readers enjoyed the writing. Since the chosen art submissions for the year were crisp black and white photographs, I decided to introduce only one other color, a salmon which subtly suggests the faded colors of aging paper. The photograph used on the cover of the book is also a snapshot of times past —it is a public-domain photo of World War II bombings as seen from the air. The book is set primarily in Gill Sans, with supplementary text in Caslon and page numbers in Bodoni, and is printed on Mohawk Via. Though the body text appears black, it is actually printed in a slightly-faded warm gray taken from the tones of the cover photo.

 

I handled the entire design process from ideation to interfacing with the printers, checking proofs, and producing the final
run of books.

 

The Yale Literary Magazine /
The Yale Literary Magazine /
The Yale Literary Magazine /
The Yale Literary Magazine /