Since last fall, I’ve been a Graphic design intern at The Village of Arts and Humanities on 10th and Germantown Avenue (wander four blocks Northeast of Annenberg- when you see the mosaic gardens and murals, you’re in the right place). Last year I designed the first issue of CRED magazine under the direction of the Editor-in-Chief and The Village Communications Director (as well as Temple Ad Professor), Aviva Kapust. Check out a few layouts and the cover below:

This Fall, I collaborated with a former Temple advertising student, Rebecca Blessing to design the third issue of CRED under Aviva’s direction. Four weeks ago, we had a collection of un-edited stories, a couple recorded interviews, a few CDs filled with imagery and a folder filled with hundreds of art submissions. On Thursday, the proofs of CRED 3 were delivered to The Village and they look beautiful. The past few weeks have been a blur of designing, editing, collaborating, learning and ingesting large amounts of caffeine. I loved every second of it. From my past experiences, I expected to learn a lot from working with Aviva- and I did. However, I had no idea how much I would learn working so closely with two incredibly talented interns my age.

CRED is such a unique magazine because it is produced entirely by and for people age 25 and under. This gave me the opportunity to teach High School interns how to sell advertising to local businesses as well as collaborate with my peers. Designing along side Rebecca helped me solve design problems and create unique layouts I never would have created on my own. I also worked closely with Heather Jones, a Temple communications graduate and managing editor of CRED. She taught me invaluable editing skills as well as organization management.

While this past month has been a whirlwind of magazine-related work, I’ve learned more than I ever expected to. From last minute cover art changes to entire spread re-designs, my design skills were challenged repeatedly. Yet when I unrolled the proofs delivered from the printer, I never felt more proud to see my work printed out. By the end of October, 10,000 copies of CRED 3 will hit Philadelphia streets. I’m both anxious and excited to see the cumulation of all our hard work be printed and served up to the city for critique. If you’re curious, you can check out the first two issues online  at Issuu and keep an eye out for issue 3 at the end of the month! Also, for those of you who make art or like to write, submit art and story ideas to CRED 4 here.