cover design and illustration for Gastarbajter Magazine
"Gastarbajter" is a student-led magazine in the University of Iowa. The magazine's mission is to serve as a creative outlet for the multi-ethnic slavic diaspora in the United States, primarily publishing poetry, short stories, and visual art. The magazine publishes on an annual basis, with Volume 2 releasing this April. 
GASTARBAJTER MAGAZINE Vol. 2
Design Objective: Come up with a front cover design that is captures the motives of identity, heritage, and culture common in Volume 2 of Gastarbajter. 
Constraints: Initially, the project started with no creative restraints. However, later on it was decided that we weren't going to use photos that weren't taken by the magazine's team or myself. 
Process: I easily connected with message and goal of the magazine's progressive ideas as a slavic immigrant myself. The magazine allows for the use of our native Cyrillic alphabet, which presented itself as an interesting potential design solution I was eager to explore. 
Style: My work in this project revolved around two main cover designs. The initial relied on photo manipulation and graphic elements, and the final design ended up being an illustration I created.
Typography: Following the editor's wishes, the title typeface
(Bebas Neue) was left as is. The subhead typefaces, however, was changed to Avenir, which I later emphasized with a folio indicating the volume number and publishing year.
Final Cover Design for Gastarbajter Vol. 2
Timeline of key renditions and proposals
2019's Volume 1
2019's Volume 1
Concept 1 Sketch
Concept 1 Sketch
Development of Concept 1
Development of Concept 1
Development of Concept 1
Development of Concept 1
Concept 1 Final Proposal
Concept 1 Final Proposal
Concept 2 Development
Concept 2 Development
Concept 2 Development
Concept 2 Development
Concept 2 Final Proposal
Concept 2 Final Proposal