Leveller Magazine is a magazine I developed in homage to the radical social movement of 17th century England, a time and place I studied extensively as a professional historian. The Levellers sought to break down class hierarchies and create a more equal society during a period of revolutionary political turmoil. Although the Levellers, and their offshoot groups, the Diggers and Ranters, were largely neutralized and suppressed by the end of the 17th century, their legacy informed early socialist thought and established a framework for critiquing the excesses of industrial capitalism during the 19th century. Their attempts to create a more equal and equitable society presaged the social movements of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The purpose of this project was to experiment with some new fonts and layouts, and to find a creative outlet for some of the work I did in graduate school. In my undergraduate and PhD programs, I spent a lot of time working on an article about the housing crisis in California, with a focus on its genesis in the 1950s and early 1960s. Since then, I have had friends experience homelessness, and, in some cases, pass away due to the stresses and indignities of life on the streets. This concept for a magazine allowed me to put some of my feelings on housing to paper, while also practicing with grid layouts, font hierarchies, use of imagery, and document structure.
All the images below are my own, and most can be found under photography.