A new magazine packed full of powerful fiction and poetry from the best emerging writers – all enhanced by bold design.
Firewords Quarterly is an independent literary journal that focuses on publishing the work of new writers who deserve exposure. The short stories and poetry are then enhanced by talented illustrators, artists, photographers, designers and hand-letterers, creating a collaborative and unique publication.
I started this project as I was frustrated by writing magazines that concentrated on substance over style, or vice versa. Firewords aims to have an abundance of both; powerful writing and striking visuals.
I launched the project in May 2014 with the help of a successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, which raised 140% of its initial funding target.
My role as editor-in-chief involves project managing the rest of the team, designing the publication and much of the visual content, and acting as art director for the many guest artists we collaborate with on each issue.
I designed and coded the website, firewords.co.uk, from scratch. It features the submission form, a fully functioning e-commerce store page, stockists list, contributor database and the magazine's blog.
To promote the magazine, I also designed a range of Firewords goodies including badges, stickers and hand-stamped bookmarks.
The final promotional item I produced was Issue Zero, a newsprint teaser edition to demonstrate the idea behind the magazine. This was sent out to select people during the crowdfunding campaign to help spread awareness of the project and generate excitement.