grand prize: Katrina Van Heest

Thank you for your participation in our recent survey: we heard from over 1700 of you! From those participants we did a random draw for four prizes. Today we we will introduce you to the winners.

First up, the Grand Prize of a lifetime subscription to UPPERCASE magazine plus a full page feature about the winner (or someone of their choice) in an upcoming issue of the magazine! The winner is Katrina Van Heest. She found out the good news while on a road trip and her boyfriend snapped these photos at a wooded rest stop. 

Let's meet Katrina, in her own words...

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The reaction photos may be a bit over the top, but I was indeed feeling the endorphin rush of fresh, awesome news.

My online work is really just the website for my editing practice, http://tweedediting.com, the audience for which is scholarly authors. As I am wont to say, I refine scholarship so that research makes its mark within the academy and also has a pollinating effect on society. It's important to me that academic writing has at least the potential of engaging with broader culture. The field of my own research is scriptures and cultures. I suppose it's obvious that I have a fascination with the printed page and how humans create meaning through text.

It may be of interest to UPPERCASE readers that my idiosyncratic, untrained method for creating Tweed's graphics is bounded by what I can do in office-productivity software—the same applications that I use in editing manuscripts. Most of my graphics are based on text and simple shapes. Any illustrations that I incorporate into the graphics are usually just carefully selected characters from dingbat typefaces. I love experimenting with type too much to limit myself in that respect (although Futura appears often), but I douse a constrained color palette: a cream chosen to evoke aging paper, black and grays, and a bright orange for a little pop. I'm a sucker for pattern and texture, too. The collage I'm attaching just gives an overall sense of the Tweed aesthetic. If you are interested in higher-resolution versions of any individual graphics, I can locate them for you.

What else? My Tumblr site, Rolling File Cart, is http://katieanne.tumblr.com. I began it as a way of visually bookmarking online content that I enjoy (now what Pinterest is used for). Along the way, it has begun developing its own discernible look and feel, but that's more incidental than orchestrated.