I’ve been called many things in my design career — a fairly natural progression from intern to contractor to freelancer. But never in the five years since graduation did I predict receiving the honorary title, Design Advisor. And yet, there it was — printed in ink in the masthead of a groundbreaking women’s magazine.
It all began in a farmhouse studio deep in the Siskiyou Mountains. Two women conspired in creative collaboration to answer a widespread plea for women’s literature other than “Spring Nail Polish Colors” or “10 Ways to Please Your Man.” Instead, they held themselves to two tenets: no ads, and no airbrushing.
It literally came together overnight. Photography, prose and poetry spilled forth from passionate contributors near and far. Grids, typefaces and color palettes fell into place. The logo was hand-lettered in rich, black ink.
Printed by Hemlock — the beauty behind the likes of Kinfolk, Sweet Paul, and other well-known titles in the arts and epicurea — the final draft numbered 108 pages. A total of 3,000 copies left the press, perfect-bound and ready to meet the world.
We named her Lucia, Latin for “light” and an homage to St. Lucia, the patron saint of the blind. Her mission: “to inspire and enlighten the world by giving voice to the heart and celebrating true beauty.”
However, as with so many passion projects, she needs support in order to thrive. The Kickstarter campaign initiated to fund Issue Two was selected by Kickstarter as a “Staff Pick” its first day, and raised more than 20% of its $60,000 funding goal in its first week.
If Lucia’s mission speaks to you as it does to me, I encourage you to show your support and invest in a project which has the potential to make a tremendous impact for women (and men) the world round.
Lucia is available for purchase or by subscription at www.luciajournal.com.