In response to my passion for print and my aspiration to progress into the editorial industry, I chose to partake in the live project with Stack Magazines, where we were given the opportunity to devise a brand new stand-alone niche publication and propose a way to fund it. Working in teams of three as the editorial and design team, we were responsible for every element, including all written and visual communication plus all promotional aspects.
Our idea stemmed once we had attended a talk with Seán-Degan Wood, Editor-in-Chief of Positive News, who defined the Third Wave of Print as "A new wave of magazine makers who believe in the message of their magazines and publishers who are concerned with the process of making magazines". This notion of creating with compassion for the cause and forming emotional bonds with our consumer base highly resonated with us and led us in the direction of creating a publication with an overriding theme in which each creator is passionately devoted to/could potentially promote positive social change.
The representation of rescue dogs was chosen after extensive analysis of the industry and as such, the realisation that no established publications were focusing on rescue dogs/the contemporary crisis of dog abandonment. To stray from the negative connotations attached to the disheartening topic, we chose to let the personality of dogs inspire our aesthetic, while simultaneously distancing Mutt from the minimal aesthetic of popular dog/animal focused magazines.
Our mission with Mutt Mag is to celebrate rescue dogs by awarding them the love they deserve, peeking through the keyholes of families and their happy hounds to offer an undocumented glimpse into their second chance at a forever home. We deemed Home as an appropriate topic to launch the first issue and establish the publication’s tone of voice and approach. Mutt Mag consists of meaningful content and heartfelt stories from individuals who have rescued their dogs and how they have welcomed their pet into its new home, evaluating the impact it has had on their life. Inspired by dogs themselves, we strive to embed a fun and enthusiastic approach to an otherwise disheartening topic, with love, care and dedication embedded into every turn of the page.
For Issue One, Mutt Mag focuses on the concept of ‘Home’ and has been lovingly created to evoke the feelings of belonging and excitement as experienced when welcoming your newest family member. Inside, Mutt Mag strives to represent rescue dogs from all walks of life. We chat to John Bond about his first solo exhibition ‘Best in Show’, Kristina Suvorova illustrates her interpretation of bringing your rescue dog home and Henry Garrett of Drawings of Dogs expresses the impact of his rescue dog Billie on his life and work.
Mutt Mag strives to inform that dog ownership doesn't come without its challenges, to better the future for rescue dogs and to encourage consumer motivations to play their part in the changing of perceptions, in turn, increasing the success rate of rescue dogs achieving their second chance at a forever home.
Mutt Mag was launched on May 24th 2017 at The Lacehouse in Nottingham. The team was responsible for the promotional aspects, the setting up, the arrangement of the launch and the pitching to industry experts. After enjoying every step of creating Mutt Mag, the team and I decided to continue on the Mutt Mag journey post university.
Mutt was shortlisted as Student Magazine of the Year by the 2017 Stack Magazines Awards.
You can pick up your copy from:
270 St John St, Clerkenwell,
London EC1V 4PE
Fetch & Follow
13- 23 Westgate St,
London E8 3RL
Spui 14, 1012 RM
Alice Harrison is a multidisciplinary designer who loves immersive art, collecting magazines & elevating brands.
Nice to meet you! I'm a freelance designer, passionate about elevating brands and creating visually striking and meaningful brand experiences. Previously I was Senior Campaign and Branding Executive at SHRINE, where I was solely responsible for all branding, creative direction and design.
I come from a visual communication background, I achieved a High First Class Honours Degree in Fashion Communication and Promotion, a course focused on communicating with consumers in our visual-first culture.
I'm currently freelancing, specialising in brand design, packaging design, artworking and creative direction.
Please don't hesitate to reach out. I'd love to hear about your project.
- REFY BEAUTY
- FORMI HAIR
- HERBAL GARDENS
- Brand design
- Creative direction
- Editorial design
- Packaging design
- Artworking & Illustration
- Content Creation
- Email marketing
- iGNANT Magazine
- IDOL Magazine
- People of Print
- Mutt Magazine
- Mutt Magazine sold in Amsterdam and London
- Winner of the NTU Art and Design Degree Competition
- Awarded Best new comer of the year by VWFS
- Nominated as Best Student Magazine of the Year by Stack Magazines
If you're interested in working together, please tell me a little bit about your project scope/deliverables, timeline, and budget!
I specialise in branding and creative direction but I'm also also open to other projects such as merch design, editorial and book cover design, posters, packaging and more! If you just want to say hi, feel free to reach out!