"Channels" – A Publication by Slack

  • Channels

    A Publication by Slack

    Channels is a publication by Slack that explores how the modern workplace is evolving, what it takes to empower teams to deliver their best work, and the role technology can play in making our work lives simpler, more pleasant, and more productive – now and into the future.

    Our internal design team was tasked with creating the identity for the publication overall, as well as designing the layout for the first issue and commissioning new artwork for each of the stories selected.

    We chose to approach the artwork selection from an editorially-focused perspective, assigning a different artist and a unique style to each article, dictated by the content. This allowed the content to function independently, featuring Slack while not feeling like an overtly Slack-branded magazine.

    The first issue, "The Way We Work," features three, distinct sections of content: the Past, Present, and Future of work. With this structure in mind, we commissioned full-spread lettering pieces to bookend and divide each section, creating a visual narrative and a pace to the content as the reader moves through the issue.
  • Editorial Staff
    Lima Al-Azzeh
    Rina Bander
    Matt Haughey
    Stuart Lovinggood
    Hairol Ma
    Evie Nagy
    Anna Pickard
    Trina Robinson

    Art Department
    Alice Bybee
    Viet Huynh
    Supriya Kalidas
    Russell Shaw

    Contributors
    Chris Andre
    Leandro Castelao
    Eric Frommelt
    Minda Honey
    Timo Kuilder
    Casey Labatt Simon
    Abbey Lossing
    Devon Maloney
    Simone Massoni
    Jordan Metcalf
    Dan Misener
    Jen Mussari
    Garrett Rowland
    Jonny Ruzzo
    Señor Salme
    Scott Schiller
    Skinny Ships
    Brittany Shoot 
    Nick Slater
    Christina Ung
    Israel G. Vargas
    Audra Williams
    Jason Williams 
    Jason Wong

    Printed in Canada by Hemlock Printers.
  • Excerpt from the Visual Thesis presentation...

    "Channels are passageways — a medium for information to flow through; the container that knowledge comes in.

    We want to represent this with a visual metaphor built around the space between — information and content happening between two points, connecting the dots and testing the boundaries. This takes shape through interesting ways for words or colors or illustrations to be confined in unique grid layouts or borders, and, when necessary, to break those confines."
  • A sample of some of the layout templates for the content, as well as the final typography stack for the issue.

    Danmark was used as the stencil font that created the masthead (a typeface with literal "channels" carved in and out of the letters); Atlas Grotesk was used for the sans-serif workhorse, and Atlas Typewriter for the monospace typography accenting the page furniture and rubriks; and Domaine Display Narrow and Domaine Text were the beautiful, rich serifs used for titling and in some body text.

    (A huge, special thank you to Alison Colby for the final template design!)
  • "The Way We Work" Cover illustration by Abbey Lossing
  • "Past" lettering by Viet Huynh
  • "A Short History of the Office" illustration by Israel Vargas
  • "Present" lettering by Jason Wong
  • "Why We Need Best Friends at Work" illustrations by Simone Massoni
  • "Make Work More Human" illustrations by Skinny Ships
  • "8 Perfectly Reasonable Reasons to Use Emoji at Work" illustrations by Nick Slater
  • "The Case for Neurodiversity in Hiring" illustration by Señor Salme
  • "Building Winning Teams" lettering by Jen Mussari
    "Andre Iguodala" portrait illustration by Jonny Ruzzo
  • Erika Hall portrait photograph by Chris Andre
  • "Future" lettering by Jordan Metcalf
  • "Working So Close and Yet So Far" illustrations by Leandro Castelao
  • "The Teams of Tomorrow" illustrations by Timo Kuilder
  • "Otherworldly Teamwork" illustration by Nick Slater
  • "Five Automations" illustration by Eric Frommelt
  • Portrait illustrations by Jonny Ruzzo
  • "Two Creatives, A Café, and a Chimera" illustrations by Christina Ung
  • Press Check
  • Channels Released at Slack's Frontiers 2018 Conference in San Francisco

  • Photo by Behzod Sirjani