The Virginia Normal

Book layout project for Virginia State University. The Virginia Normal is a poetry book published every Spring featuring creative work from VSU students. This project was completed along side James Louis Walker of Husbandmen. That same cool guy also shared these mock-ups you're seeing below—thanks Jim.

This project necessitated a one color print for budget purposes, so a vibrant paper color was selected to pack a punch without tremendious cost. The interior was kept softer to reflect the tone of the poetry. Colored half-sheets with the poet's name were added to give a dramatic introduction + a  lil peek at what was to come.

Some poets chose specific text layouts for their poems making this type of reveal all the more special—kinda reminds me of a curtain pulling up before a big show.