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Affront Magazine

Affront is a political and cultural magazine built off of the frustration of modern politics. The magazine is a collaboration with Jesse Caplan; a journalism student at Ryerson University, where he writes about modern day political shortcomings and annoyances.

Liam Baldwin

Publication Design

Affront Magazine is a political magazine that doesn’t dance around core issues and topics and certainly doesn’t pull any punches. In today's climate, it seems that political shortfalls are becoming more and more prevalent, but more and more unnoticed, this is why I chose to create a bi-monthly magazine publication that addresses injustice, corruption, and inequalities in a fashion that strives for change while simultaneously cracking the odd joke.

In establishing the tone of the magazine it was important to consider factors that ranged all the way from the tone of the journalism, the colour scheme, graphic content and pacing. In picking a visual style to pair with the themes and stories being told I realized that there were some thematic and tonal parallels between my work and some of the punk zines to come out of the ’70s, 80’s and 90’s. Through this discovery, I referenced the visual cultures by using different analogue methods including collage, xeroxing, film grain and much more in order to find a balance between current design and a style that evokes nostalgia, while simultaneously merging styles with new and modern concepts.

Affront doesn’t fix the world's problems all in one go but instead provides a platform for stories that go unnoticed, and a space for politics to be questioned and combatted. This is all achieved through a merging of text and image in a highly stylized medium that drives interest towards topics that should be cared about.