Halcyon is a magazine that highlights the positive stories that get overlooked by mainstream media outlets. Combining engaging illustrations, minimal layouts, and optimistic content, the magazine provides readers an escape from the hectic and demoralizing news of the day. Halcyon’s goal is to leave readers with a sense of hope.
The specific article highlighted in this issue of the magazine covered the status of sub–Saharan immigrants as the most educated demographic in the United States. The layout and illustrations needed to bring the article to life in the form of an engaging cover and article spreads.
Keywords in the design were migration and hope. The illustrations were rendered digitally with a gauche brush using a pastel palette to keep a soft, optimistic feel to the drawings.
The subject on the front cover looks over her shoulder apprehensively, hinting at the struggles immigrants face coming to the U.S. The use of monarchs reinforce the theme of travel and migration and give the illustrations a more surrealist look.
Inside, the subject from the cover is rendered nude to reinforce the vulnerability of immigrants. She is lead into the horizon by the monarchs, which give this image a hopeful feeling despite her vulnerability. Monarchs are utilized on the following spread to illustrate the journey that this demographic takes, and where they settle.