Educate a Woman, Uplift a Nation: Stories from the Akilah Institute. Photo book design & layout, for the Akilah Institute for Women. 2016.
Design and layout of a ~200-page, hard cover photo book, intended to be a fundraising item for the non-profit and a high-quality coffee table book for their donors and supporters. The Akilah Institute for Women is a college in east Africa that helps women learn skills that will help them with employment and engage in the community. Akilah had two photographers travel with them to Rwanda to capture portraits of staff, students, and partners. These photographs are paired with text interviews of the people pictured. It’s a powerful narrative of women’s empowerment.
The emphasis is definitely on the photographs, but we wanted the stories to be easily read and have a refined look as well. Akilah provided all photos and text content, but the layout and design was built from scratch by me. They had an established identity that I needed to work within. The bold look for the cover and headline typography was chosen to match their recent website redesign. The body copy font was chosen to be complementary to the headline style and the photos while not distracting from them.