Six Degrees of collaboration | Zinestream | Indy Week
Pin It

Six Degrees of collaboration 

click to enlarge zine.six_degrees_3.1.jpg

Design, design, design. That's what it's all about. Throw in a little creative marketing, a bit of zealous second-semester senior entrepreneurial job-hunting and a DIY embrace of the dinosaur artform of print media, and you have Six Degrees, this spring's coolest zine.

Editor-in-Chief Caroline Okun and a team of graphic design students from North Carolina State's College of Design have created a fabulous, engaging portfolio. Page after colorful page of the debut issue drips with illustration, found text, photography and intricate digital universes. It brings cut-and-paste to a whole 'nother level.

The image-heavy Six Degrees might make you think of Adbusters, with its two-page spread of Wal-Mart next to a clear-cut forest, all painted in an American primitive style by Jon Knox Griffin. Graham Misenheimer's ironic travel poster entices readers to "Come Visit Beautiful & 'Sunni' Iraq" (all for only "$666 plus tax"). In a photo collage, designer Sarah Ensminger reminds the viewer that "we have the means to make a difference" and "the pen becomes the sword." Asked about some of the political gestures tucked into the designs, Okun comments, "I think you have to be aware of what's going on both locally and globally to be a good designer. Experience and knowledge will never hurt the scope of your design."

Okun scans Print, Eye, Ste, Vogue and Metropolitan Home for fun, but "I keep my eyes and mind open all the time. Some of the best ideas come from walking down the street." Her never-fail cure for creative block? Starbucks coffee and almond ice cream.

You'd think that this glossy creation must've been a well-funded College of Design project, but support from the school came only in the form of good advice (software developer Red Hat was the financial sponsor). Okun says, "There wasn't a lot of money to use up front for printing, which is one reason I went with the on-demand self-publishing company lulu.com. I ordered one copy from Lulu as a proof, then made my changes, uploaded a new version and opened the doors for business." Lulu is based in Morrisville, and you can print or download your own copy from their Web site (www.lulu.com).

Six Degrees received submissions from all over the campus, from freshmen to grad students. Some of this year's graphic design juniors have already expressed interest in helping as editors, doing layout and working on the Web site (www.sixdegreeszine.com) through the coming year. Issue No. 2 is planned for May.

Contributing writer John Valentine can be reached at ajcg@duke.edu.

More by John Valentine

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Zinestream

  • A handful of homegrown

    A handful of homegrown

    Here's how magazines start: "We were having a rare lavatory chat about how rare conversations are in the bathroom. From there, the idea rolled on to a literary publication dealing with bathrooms, distributed exclusively in them."
    • Oct 4, 2006
  • Summer slumber party issues

    Summer slumber party issues

    The Ides of August mean one thing in North Carolina. Lethargy. Torpor in the Piedmont.
    • Aug 16, 2006
  • A public space to change the pace

    A public space to change the pace

    • Apr 26, 2006
  • More »


Twitter Activity

Comments

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation