We the People
Created in response to the election of Donald Trump in 2016, We the People is an anti-fascist zine designed to tackle the growing right-wing sentiment in the United States.
We the People is a non-profit, independent zine based in Bellingham, WA. With articles anonymously written by contributors and the We the People staff, the inaugural issue was published February 20th (President’s Day in the United States), and marks the end of the first 30 days of the Donald Trump presidency.
In late November, I was approached by a member of staff who asked if I would be interested in designing, editing, and proof-reading the publication—an offer which I readily accepted. With the world reeling from the shocking and disheartening election, I was eager to make a difference in any way that I could.
As a not-for-profit publication, this zine was funded out-of-pocket by the staff, which was largely made out of independent students at the Western Washington University. With that in mind, I wanted to keep the cost of production as low as possible, and so I decided to design the zine in black and white, relying on contrast to create visual interest rather than colours. As a new zine without an existing reader base, my goals with the design were to, firstly, ensure that the zine looked like a credible publication, and secondly, that each page was designed in such a way that the content was easy to parse while still being visually interesting in order to retain interest.