826 Michigan is a non-profit writing center that tutors children in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. They also regularly publish their student’s creative works in zines. In collaboration with a design partner, our task was to create a template file that could be used by 826 Michigan employees to publish student works at a later date.
826 requested a template that was visually exciting for the kids and simple to navigate for the staff. This was accomplished by choosing a saturated yellow, illustrating quirky characters that played off 826’s robot themed brand, and then distributing those illustrations throughout a simple layout and cover. We also made the zine 5.5” x 8.5” for ease of printing. Our template was chosen amongst other submissions to be used by the 826 staff, and we were invited to attend the unveiling party where we watched the kids read the zines for the first time.