Technicolor Magazine

A Magazine About Identity

Technicolor is a publication that centers around the theme of identity. In its various forms it is a magazine, a website and an app.

I designed Technicolor to be easily expandable and customizable for a wide range of topics and mediums. The first issue contains stories that were self written as well as work attributed to local artists and writers. By including art from gender non-conforming and queer individuals I am hoping to bring an abstract topic to a new audience. 

Wrap-aroud cover design of shirtless male and female torsos over a classically painted background mirrored to create a mandala.
Wrap-around Cover

For the cover design I juxtaposed classic imagery, textile design and photographs of ‘societally idealized’ bodies. 

The first issue of Technicolor explores gender, racial and social issues, disabilities, sexuality and online dating. These articles combine to create a narrative about the community that we all live and thrive in. It celebrates our differences.

Technicolor is presented as a 8 × 10 perfect bound book. This format allows the magazine to be printed at a cost that allows for easy distribution. The format also lends itself to digital distribution as most modern tablets including the iPad conform almost perfectly to a 8 × 10 layout. 

Each article has a distinctive art style and color profile as well as a title treatment. Typographically, I wanted each article to have a title that referenced the subject and content. It was important to me to invoke color as it is such an important aspect of identity. Looking at the edge of the magazine you can visually separate out the different articles inside.

I designed six collages to create pause between articles. These collages invoke the themes present in the text and use creative commons found imagery and scans of historical documents. Historically, collage has been an effective art-form in protest.

iPad showing mobile interface and cover of magazine.
Formatted for a Native iPad Reading Experience

I think that it is important to embrace both print and digital in many of the projects I do, but especially Technicolor. I know that the people struggling with their identity might not be able to openly purchase or carry a printed magazine, but they may be able to easily read discreetly from their phones or tablets.

The tablet and phone reading experiences feel native and fresh. They are not simply digital PDFs but rather, rethought layouts that work best on those platforms.

Three iPhone screens showing different pages of the magazine formatted to fit the smaller display. The first is the cover, then table of contents and an article titled "Lady Like."

Technicolor was featured in the 2018 CVPA Graphic Design Senior Show.

Technicolor is now available for sale.