SubStories

SubStories

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ROLES

  • Research
  • Ideation
  • Visuals

ROLES

  • Research
  • Ideation
  • Visuals

TOOLS

  • InDesign

TOOLS

  • InDesign

PROBLEM

As a content creator from the cosplay subculture, I have faced my fair shares of odd looks and questionings. COSPLAY (コスプレ)  is a fast-growing worldwide phenomenon which originated in Japan. It is a portmanteau of the words costume and play. The practice involves transforming into a fictional character through costuming and make-up. It has evolved into a performing art that often calls for the creator to learn multiple professions—make-up artist, patternmaker, tailor, 3D model maker, concept artist, and etc.  A few cosplayers have even managed to make it a full-time career. Despite the fact, it is largely looked down upon and misunderstood by the general public. 

As a content creator from the cosplay subculture, I have faced my fair shares of odd looks and questionings. COSPLAY (コスプレ)  is a fast-growing worldwide phenomenon which originated in Japan. It is a portmanteau of the words costume and play. The practice involves transforming into a fictional character through costuming and make-up. It has evolved into a performing art that often calls for the creator to learn multiple professions—make-up artist, patternmaker, tailor, 3D model maker, concept artist, and etc.  A few cosplayers have even managed to make it a full-time career. Despite the fact, it is largely looked down upon and misunderstood by the general public. 

As a content creator from the cosplay subculture, I have faced my fair shares of odd looks and questionings. COSPLAY (コスプレ)  is a fast-growing worldwide phenomenon which originated in Japan. It is a portmanteau of the words costume and play. The practice involves transforming into a fictional character through costuming and make-up. It has evolved into a performing art that often calls for the creator to learn multiple professions—make-up artist, patternmaker, tailor, 3D model maker, concept artist, and etc.  A few cosplayers have even managed to make it a full-time career. Despite the fact, it is largely looked down upon and misunderstood by the general public. 

As a content creator from the cosplay subculture, I have faced my fair shares of odd looks and questionings. COSPLAY (コスプレ)  is a fast-growing worldwide phenomenon which originated in Japan. It is a portmanteau of the words costume and play. The practice involves transforming into a fictional character through costuming and make-up. It has evolved into a performing art that often calls for the creator to learn multiple professions—make-up artist, patternmaker, tailor, 3D model maker, concept artist, and etc.  A few cosplayers have even managed to make it a full-time career. Despite the fact, it is largely looked down upon and misunderstood by the general public. 

As a content creator from the cosplay subculture, I have faced my fair shares of odd looks and questionings. COSPLAY (コスプレ)  is a fast-growing worldwide phenomenon which originated in Japan. It is a portmanteau of the words costume and play. The practice involves transforming into a fictional character through costuming and make-up. It has evolved into a performing art that often calls for the creator to learn multiple professions—make-up artist, patternmaker, tailor, 3D model maker, concept artist, and etc.  A few cosplayers have even managed to make it a full-time career. Despite the fact, it is largely looked down upon and misunderstood by the general public. 

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WHY A MAGAZINE?

SubStories, the first edition, showcases the works of 6 creators (3 photographers and 3 cosplayers) as well as a short excerpt on why they do what they do. 

To educate and promote embracing difference. The people actively participating in subcultures and defying the norm should be able to tell their stories without judgement. Therefore, the editorial piece I was tasked with producing transformed into a tool for others to speak of their past, ambitions, fears, and passion. Even if this magazine fails to achieve its goal of spreading awareness, I believe it can still give those featured a sense of pride in doing what they love.

SubStories, the first edition, showcases the works of 6 creators (3 photographers and 3 cosplayers) as well as a short excerpt on why they do what they do. 

To educate and promote embracing difference. The people actively participating in subcultures and defying the norm should be able to tell their stories without judgement. Therefore, the editorial piece I was tasked with producing transformed into a tool for others to speak of their past, ambitions, fears, and passion. Even if this magazine fails to achieve its goal of spreading awareness, I believe it can still give those featured a sense of pride in doing what they love.

SubStories, the first edition, showcases the works of 6 creators (3 photographers and 3 cosplayers) as well as a short excerpt on why they do what they do. 

To educate and promote embracing difference. The people actively participating in subcultures and defying the norm should be able to tell their stories without judgement. Therefore, the editorial piece I was tasked with producing transformed into a tool for others to speak of their past, ambitions, fears, and passion. Even if this magazine fails to achieve its goal of spreading awareness, I believe it can still give those featured a sense of pride in doing what they love.

SubStories, the first edition, showcases the works of 6 creators (3 photographers and 3 cosplayers) as well as a short excerpt on why they do what they do. 

To educate and promote embracing difference. The people actively participating in subcultures and defying the norm should be able to tell their stories without judgement. Therefore, the editorial piece I was tasked with producing transformed into a tool for others to speak of their past, ambitions, fears, and passion. Even if this magazine fails to achieve its goal of spreading awareness, I believe it can still give those featured a sense of pride in doing what they love.

SubStories, the first edition, showcases the works of 6 creators (3 photographers and 3 cosplayers) as well as a short excerpt on why they do what they do. 

To educate and promote embracing difference. The people actively participating in subcultures and defying the norm should be able to tell their stories without judgement. Therefore, the editorial piece I was tasked with producing transformed into a tool for others to speak of their past, ambitions, fears, and passion. Even if this magazine fails to achieve its goal of spreading awareness, I believe it can still give those featured a sense of pride in doing what they love.

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MOODBOARD / SPECBOARD

When I first proposed this project, my vision was a little different but still experimental nonetheless. I am still quite fond of the layout I presented in the specboard which I wish to explore in future editions of SubStories. 

When I first proposed this project, my vision was a little different but still experimental nonetheless. I am still quite fond of the layout I presented in the specboard which I wish to explore in future editions of SubStories. 

When I first proposed this project, my vision was a little different but still experimental nonetheless. I am still quite fond of the layout I presented in the specboard which I wish to explore in future editions of SubStories. 

When I first proposed this project, my vision was a little different but still experimental nonetheless. I am still quite fond of the layout I presented in the specboard which I wish to explore in future editions of SubStories. 

When I first proposed this project, my vision was a little different but still experimental nonetheless. I am still quite fond of the layout I presented in the specboard which I wish to explore in future editions of SubStories. 

WIP

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The preliminary layout and design still utilized a lot of negative space but it was much more organized through the use of grids. Due to the nature of my subject matter, I ultimately felt that structural grids did not correctly convey the vision I had for this project. The cosplay community I know is a little messy and confusing but it is interconnected in very unexpected ways. Many cosplayer friends only meet a few times a year through conventions. However, that friendship is deeply bonded by a common interest. Throughout the magazine, I incorporate lines of different weights that represent this web of connectivity that always find its way back to each other.

The preliminary layout and design still utilized a lot of negative space but it was much more organized through the use of grids. Due to the nature of my subject matter, I ultimately felt that structural grids did not correctly convey the vision I had for this project. The cosplay community I know is a little messy and confusing but it is interconnected in very unexpected ways. Many cosplayer friends only meet a few times a year through conventions. However, that friendship is deeply bonded by a common interest. Throughout the magazine, I incorporate lines of different weights that represent this web of connectivity that always find its way back to each other.

The preliminary layout and design still utilized a lot of negative space but it was much more organized through the use of grids. Due to the nature of my subject matter, I ultimately felt that structural grids did not correctly convey the vision I had for this project. The cosplay community I know is a little messy and confusing but it is interconnected in very unexpected ways. Many cosplayer friends only meet a few times a year through conventions. However, that friendship is deeply bonded by a common interest. Throughout the magazine, I incorporate lines of different weights that represent this web of connectivity that always find its way back to each other.

The preliminary layout and design still utilized a lot of negative space but it was much more organized through the use of grids. Due to the nature of my subject matter, I ultimately felt that structural grids did not correctly convey the vision I had for this project. The cosplay community I know is a little messy and confusing but it is interconnected in very unexpected ways. Many cosplayer friends only meet a few times a year through conventions. However, that friendship is deeply bonded by a common interest. Throughout the magazine, I incorporate lines of different weights that represent this web of connectivity that always find its way back to each other.

The preliminary layout and design still utilized a lot of negative space but it was much more organized through the use of grids. Due to the nature of my subject matter, I ultimately felt that structural grids did not correctly convey the vision I had for this project. The cosplay community I know is a little messy and confusing but it is interconnected in very unexpected ways. Many cosplayer friends only meet a few times a year through conventions. However, that friendship is deeply bonded by a common interest. Throughout the magazine, I incorporate lines of different weights that represent this web of connectivity that always find its way back to each other.

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