NEWCITY FALL ARTS PREVIEW / cover and page design - 2016

NEWCITY FALL ARTS PREVIEW / cover and page design - 2016

Chicago Newcity newspaper publication cover design and typographic illustration

I've been designing features and interior spreads for Chicago's Newcity newspaper since 2015, and in September 2016 I had the opportunity to design the cover for the paper's annual fall arts preview. I had the freedom to do pretty much whatever I wanted with the cover, so I used it as a chance to explore some three-dimensional text treatments, building on the theme of design-as-landscape that runs through a lot of my work. This way the text itself worked as an independent element for the art-themed issue, standing as a predominantly visual work wihtout making reference to any specific artists mentioned in the articles inside.

The letters were first created in SketchUp and then redrawn by hand, before being modified further digitally with overlapping colors and scanned textures, halftones, and pencil construction lines.

Chicago Newcity newspaper publication cover design and typographic illustration
Chicago Newcity newspaper publication cover design and typographic illustration

I've also had the opportunity to design a number of feature articles for Newcity over the years, including a second cover for an article about tipping, and the editors have been incredibly supportive of my textural and typographic work.

Chicago Newcity newspaper publication cover design and typographic illustration
Chicago Newcity newspaper publication design
Chicago Newcity newspaper publication design
Chicago Newcity newspaper publication design
Chicago Newcity newspaper publication design
Chicago Newcity newspaper publication design