Anxy magazine

Anxy explores mental health and our inner worlds. Each issue explores a central theme—“anger” or “workaholism”—through art, illustration, interviews, personal essays, reported features, and visual stories. I led the design and art direction for the magazine’s first three issues.

Designed at Anagraph
Creative director—Indhira Rojas
Photo editor—Michelle Le
Junior designer—Alma Avila
My role: Concept, art direction, design

Awards
2018 Stack Magazine Awards—Art Director of the Year, Best Use of Illustration
2017 Stack Magazine Awards—Launch of the Year
YBCA100 honoree

Press
The New York Times
San Francisco Chronicle
Huffington Post
Fast Company
It’s Nice That

A photo essay by Jana Asenbrennerova documenting her tight-knit Czech village, where family and community—not work—are how people define themselves. The “Workaholism” issue uses boxy, utilitarian typography, evoking a degraded photocopy.

Throughout the essay, the chaotic, homey images are presented as if in a crowded family photo album, changing orientation to fit their context.

Photographer Paola de Grenet’s words and images of M., her intellectually disabled daughter who can “pass” for normal, reflect on M.’s complex transition into womanhood. In the essay, pairs of photographs portray her daughter in a shifting, ambiguous light, encouraging readers to look more closely.

A jarring neon spot color is used heavily throughout the “Workaholism” issue’s intentionally hectic layouts. A running “data layer” in the sidebar provides work-related statistics that link the magazine’s personal stories to broader global trends.

Collier Meyerson interviews Margaret Atwood in the “Anger” issue, which employs bold headlines and razor-sharp supporting text in tension-filled asymmetrical layouts.

Melissa Spitz documents her intense relationship with her mentally ill mother through uncomfortably intimate photographs and diaristic text. The essay’s pink paper reflects her mother’s hyper-feminine self presentation—but the saccharine aesthetic is undercut by stark typography and off-balance layouts.

Next project

580 Split

How should a contemporary digital literary journal look, feel, and behave?

Radical Art Theory Tuesdays

Digital posters, distributed via email, take advantage of their intimate scale by overwhelming the small screen.

Nature 2

Examining the conflicted, shifting relationship between nature and the built environment, and the creation of a new, hybrid landscape combining the two.

Code experiments
Traces

An interactive photo booth that—in the tradition of Victorian spirit photography and New Age aura photography—reveals ghostly images of its past users.

Traces souvenirs

These souvenirs/memento mori are printed on oversized receipt paper at the end of each interactive photo booth session shown in Traces.

The Superstructure

A video essay maps and reflects on a visual ‘superstructure’ generated by a community of artists over twenty-five years.

The Superstructure performance

In an accompanying performance, a drawing machine materializes communal networks for visitors in real time.

Headlands Center for the Arts

Imagery generated in The Superstructure forms the identity for a related event, taking on different qualities across a range of media.

‘A Campus Divided’ archive

Essays and archival documents live side-by-side in this online exhibit and database.