Lucas Leonatti is a graphic and web designer living in the River West neighborhood of Chicago. In addition to web and graphics, Leonatti also explores the realms of photography and print making. He is in the process of completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Columbia College Chicago, and anticipates graduation after the fall semester of 2014. As a transplant from a small rural town, Leonatti approaches the arts from both urban and rural perspectives. His design reflects a minimalistic approach by saying a lot without the need for a high volume of supporting graphical elements or ornaments. He seeks to challenge society through his work; pushing boundaries and contesting traditional art and design. Readers wishing to view more of his work should visit www.lukeleo.net where they will find his portfolio and contact information.

Andrew Starosta is a person of many qualitative talents in the field of art and design. He turned his hobby of Illustrating into a career of graphic design. Growing up with an identical twin, his artwork was always up for a brutal critique, and appreciated by his brother, Tom. Although Andrew’s talents with a pencil seemed limitless within the last years of high school, he started to dive into the digital world of graphic design. He found himself in an entry-level position of true inquiry at Columbia College where he gained a better understanding of typography, book design, photography, logo creation, and ways to improve his illustrations. While still applying these practices in the classroom, his growing skill-set landed him a graphic design position at a local sign shop, and most of his free time is spent extending his graphic design talent freelancing.

Print design provides a huge challenge for Jason Radford, given a large educational focus and interdisciplinary background in digital design work. But the Twin Cities-born writer and visual artist aimed to stretch his own boundaries of expertise while providing something viewers have never seen before in this zine. When not filling psychedelic spread templates with images and text, Jason works as a music columnist and hula-hoops while watching censored celebrity sex tapes in his bedroom.

Shelby Norman is an aspiring graphic designer from East Peoria, Illinois. Her love for drawing was inspired by the artistic talents of her late grandfather. This love she had for art eventually lead her to the world of design. Her other interests include fluffy cats, playing guitar, being with friends and family, and baking. After graduating from high school, she attended Illinois Central College, where she obtained an Associates degree in Art and Science. Currently, she is attending Columbia College Chicago in pursuit of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree of Graphic Design. After graduation in the spring of 2014, she hopes to remain local and work in the city of Chicago.

Born in 1989 and raised in the Chicago land area, Derek Green is committed to hard work, education and a career in the graphic design industry. After completing an associate’s program at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois Derek relocated to Lincoln Park, Chicago. He enrolled in Columbia College Chicago’s graphic de- sign program in the fall of 2011. He is an extremely motivated designer, punctual and sociable. When Derek isn’t attending classes or perusing his dreams he spends his time working to concerts and building relationships with trusted friends.

Timothy Dilich is a Graphic Designer and Web Developer. He will be graduating Columbia College Chicago in the winter of 2014. He is a visual communicator & curious semiotician influenced by a wide array of movements & ideals. Including the avant-garde, re-appropriation, de-contextualization, minimalism, counter-culture, Americana, retro-futurism, and current trend-jamming innovation thinking outside the box. He usually loves working with mixed media to achieve effective solutions to any visual problem. He considers his work “artistic engineering.” He is well acquainted with the financial, informational and managerial issues involved in an running an online business as well within the realm of freelancing. He is a member of AIGA Chicago & has been mentioned in the 2014 Issue of their annual Snapshot. He currently lives in Chicago, IL, developing his startup STUDIO MOSAIC INC.

Leslie Presto is a Senior at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Art History. She is a typography and web design enthusiast to the core who strives to marry the love of web and graphic design by finding a harmonious balance between functionality and aesthetics. A minimalist designer at heart and an idea driven conceptualist who finds excitement in creative and clever problem solving solutions. Leslie is a Chicago native, part-time tea aficionado, lover of all things DIY, food fiend, animal hugger, yogi and day dreamer. She enjoys the quiet life, designing, crafting, spending time with her crazy dogs, frolicking with family and discovering new restaurants with her boyfriend. Her specialties are in web design, lettering, packaging, and brand identity design. She is always down for new creative adventures. Leslie is available for freelance work, collaborations, questions and adventuring. Come find her at www.LesliePresto.com or say hello at hello@lesliepresto.com.

Einxel Reyes is an illustrator and designer based in Chicago, Illinois. He explores and expresses his ideas through various medias from web to print. In his spare time, he loves to take photographs, go to concerts, and make zines. His design heroes are Debra Kayes, Guy Villa, Duncan Mackenzie, Renee Passmore, and Craig Jobson. His main obsessions include 90s Bulls memorabilia, X-men action figures, and barbeque craftsmanship. If he could compare his life to anything; it would be the scene where Robin Williams figures out how he can see food again and realizes he forgot what it was like to be a lost boy.

Mariah Beavers is a Graphic Design Student with 4 years of experience. She is mainly a visual designer but, works well in web design, branding and identity, advertising, and typography. She is proficient in the Adobe Design Suite which includes InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, andDreamweaver CS5-CS6. She also designs websites which can include HTLM 5, and CSS. She also works with content managment systems such as wordpress, winx, and virb. She has completed multiple projects, which include,branding andidentity, typography, web design, advertisements, and packaging. Examples of each are shown in her portfolio at www.mariahbeavers.com. She always want to work with new people, and enjoy making the world look nicer. As web is always changing she is constantly perfecting herskills ,andsheis always learning new things. Most of her work is clean and minimalistic , user friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. She enjoys each new project as it is given, and does her best to push the boundaries onherdesigns.

Welcome to Zine Columbia Fall 2013. This publication is the continued collaboration of Columbia College Chicago’s Art+Design Graphic Design Department. It is a collection of visual stories that share a graphical relationship between the text and the image. This is our 17th issue. Each issue is officially named Zine Columbia - (then the Season and the year ). But they are best known for the imaginative names selected by each of two Publication Design classes for their respective halves of the publication. Earlier issues have been subtitled Strange Brew I / Strange Brew II - Spring 2003, Worldwide Weird / Off the Wall - Fall 2003, Out of Order / Avant Garden - Spring 2004, Dreams Carnival / Ferschmuckled - Fall 2004. (From Spring 2005 until Spring 2007 the dual Publication classes produced MADE: More Art and Design Enterprises.) Meat / Tweek came out in the Fall of 2007, Static / Nudes and Boots was published in Spring of 2008 followed by Steeze /Peep Show in the Fall. Spring 2009 saw our first offset issue - The Dreaded Biscuits / Thumbs and Knuckles. The following issue was our largest at 132 pages, half an inch thick - Bom.Bom. / Rusty Clutch / Confidential Mindmap and Inky Ruins, four pubs in two covers. Following that issue was a slightly smaller Spring 2010 Moustache Safari / The Pompous and the Doomed. Winter of 2010 we published Pickle Stitch / Butter Bound and the Spring of 2011 - Reckless Cowboy / Fuzzy Pucker. Carnie Milk / Dank Fever came out in Winter 2011, Spring of 2012 was Nomadic Radiator / Elastic Lumberjack and Spring of 2013 was Puddle Punchers and Blazing Pigeons. The most recent issue Zine Columbia Fall 2013 goes by 26 differnet names. This issue belongs individually to 26 different designers. Each designer titled his or her zine, designed the cover, designed the TOC, wrote and designed a two-page zine feature.

Our small early issues were made possible by the advent of indigo process printing which looked like offset but was actually computer generated printing. It was good for short runs of 40 to 60 copies as it was financially expedient. It was used through the Fall of 2004 but proved to be too costly for longer runs. In the Spring of 2005 through the Spring of 2007, with the advent of MADE magazine, we employed offset printing for the several thousand copies for each issue of that publication. It wasn’t until Spring 2009, that we used that same offset printer for 1,000 copies of The Dreaded Biscuits / Thumbs and Knuckles. In an attempt to reach an even broader array of readers at a reduced cost, the publication turned to the Art+Design Department’s newly purchased, state-of-the-art Canon C1-Plus Printer, a printer that gives the publication an offset look but with a digital cost.

Starting with The Dreaded Biscuits / Thumbs and Knuckles, each subsequent issue has been designed for print and for the internet. Text and images are rigorously repurposed to use and view on a class web site.

In keeping with earlier issues, nothing is the same. Designers, writers, illustrators and photographers all change. Each issue is a snapshot of the creative efforts of 30 - 90 different Columbia College Chicago students from six different classes in three different concentrations. What stays the same is that each semester’s writers, designers and illustrators all work feverishly to lure greater numbers of 18-24 year old readers to the publication. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed producing it.

Craig Jobson
Columbia College Chicago
Art and Design Faculty
Zine Columbia - Fall 2013