Samanta Moya Medina

Graphic Designer


Amass Magazine

9" x 12", 14 page publication concept


I was challenged to create a print publication and execute branding choices that would hold the publication's brand together. AMASS magazine is a loud, 14-page publication made to capture the voices of those less heard and immortalize the infamous that wring them dry. It's focused on the divide between actions and consequences when they affect the average American instead of a fellow corporate partner.

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Initial Research

I started by looking at forms of protest and advocacy culture. I wanted to incorporate common ‘in-your-face’ color palettes and type choices to preserve the immediacy and courage behind calls to action for the greater good.

I looked into publications that shared bold typography in order to guide the grid and type system.

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Type System

I created a type sampler in order to quickly experience various pairings and families without having to wait until after collecting my materials.

I ended up choosing Neue Haas Grotesk Pro due to its wide range and ability to stand confidently in its bolder weights while allowing an easy reading experience in its lighter ones.

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Visuals and Cover

I created a few test covers to pin down the visual voice for the entire publication. Following feedback pointing out the eye-catching nature of the yellow cover, I decided to go forward with that option.

I created a draft for the table of contents to further explore creative potential for this visual identity and type system.

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Visual Motif and Process Book

I sketched a few layouts as they came to mind. Though I was unsure what type of imagery would be present along the content, I tried to make sure they shared equal footing.

I used the sketches to explore decisions concerning number of columns, the style for starting articles, incorporation of tear-out pages, and other style guide considerations.

These sketches also made it easy to make notes for critiques to apply to my next iteration after recieving feedback

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Final Outcome