The Making of an Auburn Magazine Cover

How did the Spring 2016 cover come to be? It’s simple. A lot of research, sketching, digital work,
back to sketching, back to digital until one design emerged as “the one”.

THE SKETCHES


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EUREKA MOMENT

During the research phase an interesting coincidence revealed itself. One of the elements used in the creation of atomic energy is uranium. On the periodic table of elements, uranium is assigned the number 92 representing the number of protons in the nucleus. 92 is also the year the sensitive documents hidden by the Iraqi government were discovered. Needless to say, this had to be incorporated into the cover design.


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ALTERNATIVE DESIGNS


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“THE ONE”

The element uranium takes center stage over a screened-back periodic table. The ‘U’ becomes an atomic weapon. The formula in the background was used during the Manhattan Project in the 1940s. The gritty texture represents the ‘dirty’ underground world of nuclear energy. You’ll also notice the original title of the feature was “Going Nuclear”. During the editing phase of the story, the title was changed to “War & Peace”. Why orange and blue? Because, hey, this is Auburn.


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