Transitioning to a Digital World – Y2K
Working with smaller organizations pushes your design skills—no budget except what you bring in, no artwork except what you create, inhuman deadlines, donated equipment. Total passion by all involved.
Sojourner was such a place. Originally started by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumnae, staff and faculty, the monthly newspaper grew during the heydays of indy publishing.
Our old Macs were a hobnobbed collection donated from MIT departments, desktop publishing was still in its infancy. “Mock-ups” and “paste-ups” involved touching and using real glue, real layout boards. An old school foundation lets you learn how to push the limits within the medium. Competing with a newsprint paper budge for shelf space in Barnes & Noble against glossy, full color magazines Soj was a monthly challenge we thrived on.
I wonder today if we truly understand how different our world was only a few decades ago? And how different our futures will be?