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  • Project Title
  • Project Type
  • Deliverables
  • Date
  • Inkstone 2009 Autumn Edition
  • Client Pro-bono
  • 8.5″ by 7.5″ saddle-stitched book
  • October 2009
  • Quantity
  • Print Method
  • Paper Stock
  • Hard/Software
  • 750
  • Offset
  • Neenah 80lb. Cover, Neutech PS Wove finish
  • Photoshop, Indesign
Inkstone is Northwestern College’s student-led literary journal printed biannually since 1997 in runs of roughly 600 to 700. Each year one graphic designer collaborates with a staff of editors to create one edition in autumn and then other edition in spring.

Like most school-funded programs, Inkstone had a limited budget that influenced the design process greatly. Every Inkstone had to include: Saddle stitching, flat size of 8.5” by 15,” limit of two inks on the cover and for the interior; only black ink on the printer’s standard economy paper.

The artwork used for the Autumn Inkstone cover was derived from a watercolor painting submitted by Maysa Vang, a studio artist. For the cover, my goal was to find the image inside the image: A section that fit the predetermined flat size, and was able to generate enough visual interest from a display shelf to entice someone to look inside.
Through rotating and reversing I found what I believed to be the sweet spot. I removed any trace of black or cyan, selecting only magenta and yellow as the chosen two inks. By selecting process colors only, the cover has a primarily orange palette that was appropriate for the season while also being a no-hassle job for the offset printers.

The choosing of paper for the cover was an interesting problem. A stock that added to the tactile nature of what was already an intimate collection of poetry and prose was ideal. Unfortunately, much of the texture from the artwork’s original watercolor paper was still visibly present, so whatever cover stock we selected had to have minimal visual texture while still retaining a strong tactile quality. The solution was Neenah’s 80 Ib. Cover, Pure White Neutech PS with a Wove finish.

A single sheet of Wausau Exact Brights 65 Ib Cover in Bright Tangerine was added behind the cover as well. This gave the journal some added structural support as well as a boost in prestige.

a stack of inkstone

spread inside inkstone







  • Project Title
  • Project Type
  • Deliverables
  • Date
  • Inkstone, Spring 2010 Edition
  • Client Pro-bono
  • 8.5″ by 7.5″ saddle-stitched book
  • Febuary 2010
  • Quantity
  • Print Method
  • Paper Stock
  • Hard/Software
  • 700
  • Offset
  • Arjowiggins 100lb. Skin Curious Blk
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign

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