Document: is a new magazine created by students at the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) at the University of Bridgeport. Each issue will document diverse cultural responses to universally important themes.
As a creative work of UB’s multicultural community, Document: is a snapshot of students’ wide-ranging interests, concerns, fears, and hopes. The magazine seeks to be stimulating and progressive while promoting global dialogue, intercultural understanding, and student voices. Document: Skins, the magazine’s first issue, offers insights into a wide variety of skins-related topics including tattoos, fingerprints, passing, animal skins, idioms, natural skin care, albinism, face painting, protective gear, plastic surgery, racial identity, and so much more.
The idea for the magazine originated with SASD adjunct professor Greg Chinn, who approached Chair of Graphic Design Emily Larned with his idea to collaboratively teach a student-produced international culture magazine. “The idea for Document: came about from my interactions with SASD students when I started teaching there. The design student population is really diverse and come from all over the US and abroad. They have very interesting perspectives on life and culture. Whenever we had discussions in class about current issues or topics, I always left the conversations very impressed about the insights the students had,” Chinn says.
“I loved this idea of a student-produced magazine because I could easily imagine what an engaging, collaborative process it would be for the students,” Larned says. “In creating Document:, students researched, brainstormed, wrote, photographed, interviewed, edited, illustrated, designed, critiqued, and otherwise produced this magazine in its entirety. This past semester has been exploratory, experimental, hands-on, and very collaborative. We’re really proud of our students.”
Creative Directors: Professor Greg Chinn & Professor Emily Larned
Designers: Aja Satterwhite, Michael Doran, Gelisa Henry, Lin Qiu, Wendy Wang, Sean Franco, Maria Zapata, Jonathan Valle, Steve Salvio, Marcel Biro, Yitzchak Katz, Melissa Matos, Amanda Demaio, Jeffery Brandon, Andrea Torres, Sevil Serce, Edwin Montero, Ornella Wellington, Francisco Cruz, Christian Lutin, Rosalie Dwyer