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The Creative Independent


Art Direction
Publication Design
The Creative Independent is a growing resource of emotional and practical guidance for creative people. Their goal is to educate, inspire, and grow the community of people who create or dream of creating. Below are the excerpts from the first two issues of their new zine. They are also available for free online: “On making a living as an artist” is a compilation of quotes, excerpts, and recommendations from working artists, all gathered from TCI’s archive. Topics covered include working with fear, de-stressing, challenging your own ideas of failure, staying healthy, dealing with rejection, and channeling anxiety into creative work. “On dealing with creative anxiety” is a compliation of quotes, excerpts, and recommendations from working artists, all gathered from TCI’s archive. Topics covered include making money through your art, financial planning, day jobs, and starting a creative business.

The Creative Independent approached Varyer not only to design a printed collection of their creative guides, but to design a system for them to use as they release more issues. I led the creative team in developing guidelines for TCI including grids for each section, typography standards, generative image and text treatments, and a dynamic color system. 







Collaborators: Alyssa Beers, Willa Köerner
Designed under Varyer




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