Magazine article In These Times

8 Years, 100 Issues

Magazine article In These Times

8 Years, 100 Issues

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I like to think of myself as a rat," says Rachel K. Dooley, In These Times art director, who celebrates both her 30th birthday and her 100th issue this month.

"You know, like a scavenger," she explains. "I can find stuff to make magic on a nonprofit budget."

Those who don't believe her need just flip through the pages of In These Times. As a one-woman art department, Rachel is responsible for every visual aspect of In These Times, from covers to photos to direct mail, and she takes that responsibility seriously - ing everything for a reason," principles evident in her striking, no-nonsense designs. Six of her In These Times covers (pictured below) have been featured in the American Institute of Graphics Arts' annual showcase of Chicago designs.

Rachel believes she "sucks at words," making her something of an anomaly in an office full of people who never use a 5-cent word when a 25-cent one will do. But she sees herself as a bridge between the sometimes cerebral Left and the everyday reader. Her goal is to make In These Times' principles of human rights, worker solidarity and social justice broadly accessible by creating a magazine that you can skim and still take something from - a magazine whose images tell a story.

Eight years ago, Rachel, a 21-year-old fresh from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in art and design, walked into the In These Times office for an interview, having not yet quite decided whether she wanted to save the world, or make money and then save the world. …

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