New Work: Meet Positive/Negative Magazine

New Work: Meet Positive/Negative Magazine
In the spirit of our New Work series over on the main Grids blog, and following up on all the awesome work we saw in our SPD-U Spotlight Show, we're showcasing some great recent student publication design in our New Work: Student Publications series. If you want to submit YOUR school pub, look for details at the end of this post.

Today we'd like to introduce you to Rochester Institute of Technology's Positive/Negative magazine. Features Editor Emily Levine (a recent graphic design graduate who's now working in NYC) shares the most recent issue of the mag with us...


  • Positive/Negative magazine front and back covers
    Positive/Negative magazine front and back covers
  • Positive/Negative magazine, inside cover
    Positive/Negative magazine, inside cover
  • Positive/Negative magazine, table of contents
    Positive/Negative magazine, table of contents
  • Positive/Negative magazine, feature
    Positive/Negative magazine, feature
  • Positive/Negative magazine, feature
    Positive/Negative magazine, feature
  • Positive/Negative magazine, feature
    Positive/Negative magazine, feature
  • Positive/Negative magazine, feature
    Positive/Negative magazine, feature
  • Positive/Negative magazine, feature
    Positive/Negative magazine, feature




Positive/Negative Magazine is an art publication produced annually by the Editorial Design and Photography classes at the Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Students in this collaborative course create the magazine content, which includes the articles, design, and photography. With the open-ended theme of Positive/Negative, students produce work with unhindered creativity.

The course is structured by a student-elected staff that guides teams of photographer-designer pairings through the creation of three different article projects. Each article is written by students with the only guideline being that each article should represent a positive or a negative theme. The sub-theme of the magazine this year is "superheros."

The magazine is put together in only 10 weeks after a thorough critique process and published in a limited number of copies. We also have an online/ipad version of the magazine that was coded entirely by students in the class. 


Want to see more? Check out their website here: positivenegativemagazine.com


The Positive/Negative team includes:
Editorial Directors: Denis Defibaugh and Lorrie Frear
Art Directors: Jon Lavalley and Corinne Weber
Design Directors: Laura Bartemus and Jacquie Vujcec
Photo Editors: Christina Ascani and Meredith Foley
Production: Nate Pacelli, Kelsey Wagner and Chris Wairegi
Feature Editors: Christina Kennon and Emily Levine
iPad Team: Malorie DePerna, Liz McGuirl, John Sinsabaugh and Tiffany Spaulding
Retoucher and Editorial Assistant: Tim Zwicky


Think your college pub is doing some awesome design? Then send us samples and tell us the backstory. Magazines, yearbooks, newspapers, zines, literary journals, newsletters ... whatever you've got, we want to see it and hear about it! Please reduce your layouts to no larger than 1200 pixels wide and don't forget to include all relevant credits and a little background. Check out past entries for examples here. Send submissions to spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com.
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