Design Lab Collab

By Grace Harty

On September 21st, during week 5, we sat down with two graphic designers from the Design Lab to discuss aesthetics for our upcoming journal. However, before meeting with them, we had to make sure we were all on the same page regarding what we wanted our journal to look like. Professor Stafford gave us all multiple reminders to get the conversation started after a week of failing to do so.  

After some discussion, we decided that we liked the color scheme of VQR’s Summer Fiction cover. We decided that the simplistic design along with fall colors would help us capture our wants for the journal. While sitting down with the two graphic designers, we talked about our want for a simplistic design that was easy on the eyes. Specifically, we wanted our journal’s dimensions to be a bit on the thicker side rather than long and thin like others.  

After our aesthetic conversation, during week 9 we checked back in with the Design Lab to let them know how many pieces will be included in our upcoming journal. We discussed that we will have 18 pieces divided into our 4 original categories: nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and art. It is now week 12 and Design Lab has sent us the draft of the complete layout of how the journal will look.  

We obviously cannot share the specifics with you, but make sure to keep an eye out for our finished product! The designers stayed true to our wants and gave us a great layout. It is so interesting to see our ideas come to life in front of us. We loved working with Design Lab to get a taste of how other literary journals are made, they have been a great team to work with! 

As a whole, 30N is so excited to share our hard work with all of our readers.

-30 N staff   


Author: 30 North

30 North is a national undergraduate literary journal. We accept submissions of previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, as well as photos, digital art, drawings, and paintings. We also publish a variety of web content including interviews with authors and poets and reviews of contemporary literary works.

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