Ekō magazine was a fallout project from my
Attempts on Their Lives project. It began as an experiment for finding a vehicle for my collected narratives but developed into something more.
Ekō has grown into a community, encompassing the various voices, cultures and stories that exist within the refugee crisis.
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ekō magazine, which I created and co-founded whilst at university, is a social and political platform for storytelling and creativity. ekō spotlights the voices that need to be heard through fair and ethical journalism and campaigns for change on the ideas and assumptions surrounding common social injustices. I have built the foundations of the project from the ground up: Creating the entire brand identity and aesthetic to compliment the ekō ethos of inclusion and accessibility; continuously researching current social, political and environmental trends and movements; fact checking, clearing rights and scouting relevant sources. All of which help us work to establish credibility and progress ekō as a valued NGO. One of the biggest challenges to date has been to explore the boundaries of editorial design to accommodate three languages all within one publication. This task required me to research the behaviours of Arabic and Persian typography and print and adapt it in a way which sits harmoniously alongside English. While the magazine has been successful so far, I recognise that the publication is accommodating for three different cultures and languages (all of which are constantly shape shifting and evolving) and my editorial design must work and develop alongside that.
The magazine has become immensely successful, with a total of 6 print published issues (with all articles available in English, Arabic and Farsi), over 150 contributors from across the globe, a growth in outreach (with readers from Greece, Canada and even Cuba ordering printer issues of ekō), an Instagram audience of 1,465 and multiple collaborations with well-known NGO’s. Community inclusion and creativity is at the heart of the ekō ethos and as a result of ekō’s success, we have had the chance to host creative workshops. These workshops are aimed at youth asylum seekers and facilitate community building and fundamental life skills.
VISUAL COMMUNICATOR AND DESIGNER//