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826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. The students' work is compiled in self-produced books that are sold in the adjoining store (The Time Travel Mart). As designer, I developed concepts for the books that ranged from the short stories of English language learners to poems inspired by a theme of "place". I illustrated the covers and designed the interiors of each book, as well as supervised the production and print run.

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Layout Design


Print Production

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A duo of books of short stories and dictionary definitions written by “English Language Learner” students. The concept of a forest and a desert came from the idea of expanding their horizon through improving their language skills. Elements from the covers were integrated into the interiors.

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Short stories written by 826LA volunteers. The stories are thematically related to unused character ideas, giving the "lost heroes" new life.

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Stories that were the result of a STEM bootcamp for students. Digital effects were used to create the collage appearance.

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Students’ poems from a week-long workshop with a professional writer and poet. The theme of “place” was represented in the illustration of Echo Park, where 826LA is located.

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