The 2014 edition of Portal has been sent off to the printers. Gone. Out of our hands. The 90-page baby we’ve been collectively carrying and nurturing for the past 7 months is finally ready to be born. All photos in their place, all text properly aligned, misspellings corrected, spaces deleted, drop caps coloured and bolded. It’s the little things, the small details the reader may not notice, that we’ve paid special attention to over the past few weeks. Those define Portal, and the high-quality production and presentation that our readers have come to expect from this student-led magazine are not to be overlooked. The talent featured in this edition will be obvious to readers, but the true art of a magazine isn’t all on the surface, as a magazine isn’t content alone. What would a magazine be without a stalwart copy editor behind the scenes, carefully scrutinizing the text and design elements looking for misspellings of author names, the correct accent on the French e, the proper em-dashes and spacing between words? Making sure text adheres to the house style, and that all ellipses, commas, and quotation marks are in their place is an important part of the magazine production process. Without copy editing, you can’t guarantee consistency throughout, which is vital when putting together a high-quality product that represents the best of VIU’s creative talents.
Now that we’ve completed the design and copy edit, and the file is no longer in our hands, I can sit back and anticipate the arrival of boxes and boxes of red covers. I am confident that this year’s Portal will set a new standard for the magazine’s presentation. The art team’s goal was to take the magazine to the next level as a visual medium: this involved utilizing 4-colour printing where possible, introducing unique typographical elements, and establishing a rhythm to the text and images. Again, on the surface, these seem like such little things, but I think you’ll see when you open your copy of Portal 2014 that these tiny touches make a big impact.
I believe the 2014 edition of Portal will be the issue that puts us on the map, and marks us as a real player in the Canadian literary magazine landscape. Thanks to the tireless efforts our art team, in particular, our lead designer Jessica Reid, and the designer of our jaw-dropping cover, Reese Patterson, we have established a visual identity and standard that truly stands apart from our competitors. It will be impossible to ignore this eye-catching production when it hits national newsstands in April, and I know that the combination of our class and contributor’s efforts will not be lost on Portal’s future readers.
– Kim Kemmer, Art Director