Subject Matter is  a self-directed, collaborative publication created to explore the intersection of storytelling and design, and to function as a platform for people from all walks of life whose stories deserve to be shared. Each issue is a collection of curated stories focusing on a specific facet of the human experience. 

Bold Type Press

Bold Type Press is the student collective behind Subject Matter, named for our members' willingness to boldly pursue  unorthodox creative paths and build a critical design practice which allows us to create work we are passionate about that makes a positive impact in our society.

Rachel Bostick

Project Manager, Editor, Lead Designer: Strange & Supernatural Experiences, Contributing Designer: Mental Health & Recovery and Outdoor Childhood Memories

Editor, Lead Designer: Strange & Supernatural Experiences, Contributing Designer: Mental Health & Recovery and Outdoor Childhood Memories, Slipcase Design

Editor, Lead Designer: Outdoor Childhood Memories, Contributing Designer: Mental Health & Recovery and Strange & Supernatural Experiences, Web Design

Editor, Lead Designer: Mental Health & Recovery, Contributing Designer: Outdoor Childhood Memories and Strange & Supernatural Experiences, Binding and production

Editor, Lead Designer: Mental Health & Recovery, Contributing Designer: Outdoor Childhood Memories and Strange & Supernatural Experiences, Binding and production

Every aspect of creating Subject Matter was a collaborative effort, from the creation of a brand and cohesive system for the entire publication and a unique visual voice for each individual issue within that system, to the collection and curation of content, paper selection, and hand binding of each issue. 

Type

A modular logo was developed that could visually tie the entire publication together, while allowing each individual issue to have its own voice appropriate to that issue's topic. Roboto's modern simplicity allows it to function well with many typefaces and visual styles. 

Strange and Supernatural Experiences

Human experiences with beings and realities outside of our earthly perception or understanding are nearly universal; they have been recorded across countless cultures and have spanned centuries. These are experiences that, despite the ubiquity with which they occur, are often doubted and treated as fiction. In this issue, without judgement or censure, we explored the ideas of liminal spaces, entertained the notion of ghosts, and unpacked the emotions around tragedy and change, but most importantly we acted as a conduit to share these stories that might otherwise go untold.

Childhood Memories of the Outdoors

Our pasts are made up of big events as well as much smaller ones. The small events can be the most fascinating and impact us even more deeply than the big events. We often hesitate to talk about these events in our pasts for fear that we are being self-centered or that others might not be interested in hearing our stories or connect with them.  In this issue, we facilitated the sharing of these memories that shape the people we become.

Mental Health and Recovery

Mental illness affects millions of people every day. Unfortunately, many people fail to get the proper treatment for mental health because of the stigma surrounding taking medication, seeing doctors, getting therapy, and also because of the lack of widespread access to mental healthcare. This issue addressed these mental health topics head-on by giving a voice to those who struggle with mental health issues. 

The future of Subject Matter

Bold Type Press is currently looking into options to continue to produce future issues of Subject Matter. These editions will consider even more aspects of the human experience and further our mission of creating a positive impact on our society by potentially partnering with nonprofit organizations. We are also working to develop an interface that will allow us to more easily reach out to our audience and collect stories for future issues.