Thursday, October 13, 2011

Naris, the (wildly profitable) magazine about vultures

One reason for my visit to the Indiana Raptor Center last week was to photograph a Turkey Vulture up close, to have some reference material for a publication design project for school. I completed it and presented it to my seminar yesterday, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and the feedback I received from my classmates. The project began with a one word prompt, selected from an arbitrarily chosen dictionary page given to me by my professor.

I chose "naris." It sounded cool, jargony without being intimidating, and I immediately knew the subject of the periodical.

Naris Cover

Mind you, my professor expressly forbid us from taking any financial considerations into account. Market viability was not an issue. So I lived in a perfect world where a periodical devoted to themed issues about the sense of smell would be a profitable enterprise.

To see the three interior spreads I created, feel free to visit my flickr set. Just don't take any of the content as factual - it was a design project, not a writing assignment, after all, so I made up facts willy-nilly. It felt dirty.


  1. I think it would be better titled 'Nose'.

  2. Very cool. I read "Naris" of course, but my absolute favorite sniffing periodical is "The Olfactory Observer."

  3. I would buy your magazine. Well, at least if the facts were not made up. :) There's something wrong in a world where magazines about noses don't have a viable market.


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