Designing the 2016 Zora Publication

When the organization that handles the Zora Neale Hurston Festival contacted me, I must admit, I was scared. The project was for an 80 page magazine (10 pages of already designed ads, whew!), their current designer had dropped out with two weeks until the print deadline, and the work fell over the holidays. They wanted a complete template redesign for this issue because it was a special edition with a pull out cover. Knowing the impossibilities and stresses of this project, I knew I should decline, but the opportunity to do something like this was just too much to pass up. I said yes.

The next two weeks were full of junk food, Christmas left overs, long nights and early mornings. In retrospect I am very happy to have been a part of this magazine but like all challenging projects, it wasn't without its toll or without piling on an extra ten pounds from all of the pizza and apple pie.