The Atlantic, Special Issue, The Life and Words of Martin Luther King Jr.

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In 2018, The Atlantic published a special edition to mark the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination. The creative team at The Atlantic came to us to art direct and design the special issue celebrating the life and words of Martin Luther King Jr.

The publication is divided into four sections and each one represents a big idea that deserves a big spotlight. We used type to open each section because so much of the content is driven by photography. The lettering carries historical meaning and metaphoric meaning and it contrasts the visual density of rest of the issue, which helps with pacing.

Bobby C. Martin Jr.
Jennifer Kinon
Creative Director
David Somerville
Art Director
Paul Spella