In about two hours the shiny new issue 4 will be released into the wild. This issue is full of great new writing, some tragedy, some comedy, some storytelling.
Here’s a preview of the all-new filled and expanding issue of Sassafras, issue 4. The number of pages have, ehmm, grown from about 30 to 40, give or take. (Plus five pages of illustrations, cover, content, etc.) For the upcoming fall and winter issues, I’ll be cutting down the page number, to make the reading easier, focusing on a slightly smaller volume of work.
The cover was a nightmare this time, I went through at least a handful of ideas, nothing just right, wanted heavy and strong autumn colors, the result turned out too flat and generic. I tried neon, exclusive fonts, negative spaces – too modern, too superficial, not inspiring, no depth, and so on. The cover that was finally approved is simple and clean, and that will do for now.
Preview issue 4, artwork by Ece Zeber:
Rejected design ideas: