Uni 102 Journal 2010

un i102 journal, spring 2010 - displaying legal size

University 101 is a program that provides free non-credit university courses to people that face barriers to accessing post-secondary education. It’s a cool program that does an awesome job supporting people from a really wide range of life experience.

The professors and TAs that volunteer to provide lectures, workshops, discussion times, assignments and grading are inevitably impressed and then inspired by the intelligence, passion and perspective of the students. Many professors even come to realize that it’s the kind of learning and teaching environment that they wish all of their classes could achieve.

For the last three semesters, Pink Sheep Media has provided design support of the Uni 101 and 102 journal, Divergent Convergent. It’s a natural fit, since Becky Cory is also the project coordinator for the program. We’ve been collaborating on the design of this journal with Wyndi Palmer and Sabrina Buzzalino and it’s turned out beautifully every year. Here’s the latest cover (this is the front and back cover with trim marks and colour bar info).

uni 102 journal cover, spring 2010

The submissions range from poetry to fiction stories, to critical theory pieces and it’s been our joy to produce it. When we started drafting the original, some of us wrongly assumed that we were putting together a zine. But when we reviewed the submissions and saw the quality of the writing, spoke with the editors, and started reading the quotes from the Dean’s, we realized that our preconceptions of “zine” just wouldn’t cut it. Every semester we get multiple submissions of photos for the cover, and this year, in particular, it was hard to make a choice of which one to use.

un i102 journal, spring 2010 - displaying legal sizeThe print run has always been small, and because the program has a limited funding, we developed a design that would work well, in print, in black and white, but that was also available on the web in colour. And working with local printers, we developed a process using legal size paper to keep the costs down – it also provides a gratifying squarish dimension once folded, bound and trimmed.

Looking over the last three journals, we can see the benefits of having taken extra time to develop a design that allows us to build consistency and familiarity among community supporters and fans.

uni 101 journal cover Fall 2009

uni 102 journal cover, spring 2009

To check out the online version, or to find out more about Uni 101 at the University of Victoria, visit their website.

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  1. it is so important to me to produce “professional” quality self published books. the sense of pride from the contributors when they see the care and craft that has been infused into the journal is the reward of good design.

  2. Hi,

    I hadn’t realized that I was briefly mentioned here! Funny what will show up when one googles one’s name. :)

    I loved working on this and hope to do more. Also, I agree with what Wyndi said above – producing a “professional” quality journal makes an impact on all those who read it. It’s a great way for people to know about the program and not dismiss it out of hand when you can give them something tangible that shows the student’s efforts and demonstrates their abilities.

    I love the design. The pictures just get better every year. And it’s the perfect size, too.

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