Ninth Letter is a collaborative arts and literary project produced by the Creative Writing Program and School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Edited and designed by faculty and students as part of the core curricula of both programs, the journal's mission is to present original literary writing of exceptional quality, illuminated by cutting-edge graphic design.
Volume 12.2 was creatively directed by Maurice Meilleur, who worked with a group of students to typeset, design and put together the book. The student team included myself, Justin Cagadas, Jillian Martin, Laura Today, Chelsea Carlovsky, Maddie Maranto, Emma Jennings, Sansan Liu, and Hafsa Siddiqui
Each student was asked to contribute our take on the Library of the Printed Web, a collection from Paul Soulellis. My take on this and contribution to the book were images that depicted how images were skewed and corrupted over time of being on the web. As images are constantly shared, uploaded, downloaded, linked, relinked, attached, etc., their quality goes down. I depicted this process manually by printing out images of objects that related to the stories and altering them little by little with taking images of the process. With every further step of destruction, the image became less and less recognizable and more skewed from its original image. The process was displayed in a grid series showing how the image is altered with each digital transition it takes.
A secondary book was created by each student on the team at the end of the semester to showcase their own work and contributions to the book. This project was called Plan B. My work can been seen here.