This magazine spread is based off of a Hypebeast interview with Grant Achatz, the Michelin three-star chef and the co-owner of Alinea in Chicago. 
Grant is famous for innovating in the kitchen, reinventing the dining experience, and pushing the boundaries of the fine dining industry. 
Many of his dishes are beautifully plated. In the spread I have designed, the embellishments around Grant are similar to some of his famously plated dishes. 
I worked to give the spread depth and motion. I achieved this through layering pictures, graphic elements, and text. 
This is a personal manifesto that I wrote and designed. I combined archaic and modern design elements to portray a new perspective on an old topic. 
The blackletter and body copy are meant to look similar to an illuminated manuscript. Not every element from an illuminated manuscript is present, so the final effect appears to be somewhere in between an illuminated manuscript and an old poster on dilapidated parchment. 
"This is Not," with its texture and a striking red color, represents the modern take on an old idea: that design is art. This piece has a double meaning. First, it acts as a commentary on what design is. Additionally, it is the very thing that it says it is not. Though the words clearly communicate that this is not art, because of the intentional composition, care, and nuance, this piece actually is art.
This is an "about me" poster. The concept behind this piece was that in my life I always try to achieve more, reach higher, and progress to a more advanced level. I also have a goal to one day go to space.

The quote on the right is from the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It is subtitled by the date “8 Nov, 1922,” which was the date that my great-grandfather was born. He embodied that quote in his life and is someone I have identified with as I have grown up.

The geometric shapes drawn in an arching perspective are meant to lead the viewer’s eye upward, indicating the meaning of my effort to reach higher.

I relied heavily on Swiss design as inspiration, particularly the work of Josef Muller-Brockman.



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