Designing weirdness for the Midwest's literary magazine.
Ninth Letter is the University of Illinois' biannual literary arts magazine. Each semester, a group of young designers is tasked with redesigning the magazine from the ground up; for my turn, I took a turn at interpreting the table of contents based on story mood, rather than information hierarchy.
I approached each story by ratings its complexity and its intelligibility. Plot composition and narrative structure formed the basis for the former; grammar, vocabulary, and simple legibility for the latter. Plotting every on an x/y axis, the final design allows readers to choose a story based on how hard they want to work to understand a piece of literature.