Carmen Oldham

triplet [contemporary poetry magazine]

Class of: 2023

Major: Product Design BFA

Medium: Photography, digital, typography, text

Faculty: Katerina Lanfranco

Prompt: Considering the make-up of headlines, branding, typography, and text as image - make two magazine or book covers.

For this project, we were tasked with making a book or magazine cover to explore text and image and their relationship. I decided to design a contemporary poetry magazine, entitled triplet.

I titled it “triplet” to pay homage to the poetry phrase triplet, meaning: “a rather rare stanza form in poetry, one which is basically three lines that rhyme. It is a type of tercet, or three-lined stanza or poem. However, the triplet is more specifically bound by rhyme scheme and sometimes meter, than the tercet”

My theoretical magazine would be published once a month, with poems centralized around a monthly theme. The cover art relates somehow to the theme of the month as well. I think that more people should read poetry, but I understand that it is shrouded with misconceptions about being pretentious or you have to be “smart” to “get it” etc. Therefore, I wanted the overall feel of the magazine to be both accessible while simultaneously maintaining the integrity of the art inside (the poetry), thus, I went for a pretty minimalist aesthetic because I thought it best achieved this accessible, yet editorial feel as well as allow the work inside to speak for itself.