As a photographer, graphic designer, and writer, the importance of bridging these disciplines together in a compelling manner is always central to my work. When I discovered this opportunity through my writing professor, I was drawn to the idea of creating a “face” for the exemplary writing within and in doing so, provide a visual that grasps a potential reader’s attention. Both of my designs feature my own photographs and reflect elements that unify my work, such as the attention to text placement, the use of black, white, and cooler tones to enhance mood, and the overall abstract compositions of the photos. The reflective puddle, the distorted quality of the marks in the water and the stones convey an other-worldliness, which in turn highlights the fact that students’ ideas go far beyond a single essay and have much greater implications in the world.
— Eva Vidan Gallagher