My senior year at University I had the privilege of working as lead designer on our annual publication (yearbook of sorts), The Student Collective.
This was an endeavor.
We as a creative team sought to stray away from the average yearbook design, bringing quality photography, writing content and visuals set apart from the usual 10-minute flip through yearbook that more often than not gets neglected. This meant interviewing local businesses, mixing up content in student and faculty interviews, highlighting people and places that often went unnoticed in our city and drawing attention to local staples for George Fox University students in the Newberg community.
This project is a perfect example of why I love collaborating with other creatives. It was a random collection of photographers, writers, creative direction and social media experts that led our publication to be as successful (also semi-controversial) as it was. I couldn't have created a final result nearly as satisfying on my own, and some incredible friendships developed in the process.
After an entire year of long days and nights, the 288-page Student Collective, vol. 1 was completed.
Although I graduated and passed the design role to someone else, the bones of the Student Collective were created and hopefully a movement to bring more interest and quality to a publication that often gets lost in the boxes or left behind on cafeteria tables.
If you get the chance, COLLABORATE with someone. It doesn't matter on what, but if you can come to agreements and combine your collective abilities you will undoubtedly create something you never could have on your own.