Torn is a literary journal that I created in collaboration with Georgetown creative writing students. Torn was honored in Miami University’s Best in Class exhibition, which features jury selected works within the graphic design program.

Torn’s namesake comes from its theme of “bad behavior” and reflects the battle between one’s instinct and one’s conscience when engaging in these actions. It also reflects the way the stories are structured in the journal.

To illustrate the theme, I assigned each story a color. Each story is broken up (“torn”) so that multiple stories are presented on the same page. The reader experiences each story by following its respective color throughout the book. Additionally, points of drama are highlighted by callout pages in the corresponding color. The kerning of these pages is loose to bring a sense of contrast to the main pages.

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