Hi Julia here again. The idea of Lighthouse as a journal is beginning to feel more real now. It is very easy to sit around in a room or someone’s garden chatting about ideas – but somehow thus far it had all felt a little detached from reality.
This week, however, we had a meeting where we thrashed out some technicalities – like what the cover might look like and which fonts we would use for the titles and the poems. These felt like important decisions. We might not be there yet but it feels like we are a lot closer to a real product. It feels both exciting and a little scary.
We didn’t take the decisions about the design of the journal lightly. The journal is ultimately about new writing, but we also want it to be a beautiful thing, something you can love, and something that you will want to own and read. In our quest to do this we have looked at lots of other journals to see what does and doesn’t work. Meirion has found some beautiful fonts that somehow manage to have both a modern and a printerly feel (I will leave those who know more about design to talk more about this later). We have decided that we want a black and white lino-cut illustration for the front cover; although we haven’t found exactly the right one yet.
It feels like a big responsibility, but luckily all the team seem to be roughly on the same page. And as an editor I am now beginning to feel more excited – I can’t wait to see what the journal will look like, and I can’t wait for the moment when the first submissions come trickling (or pouring) in.
Posted 9 years ago