This was for a competition. The goal was to design a magazine cover and a series of interior spreads. Since the name of the magazine is Spectrum, I decided to use crystals for the basis of my cover. The three blue images are pictures of actual quartz crystals. The first two I messed with in photoshop. The third one is a straight up photo. I zoomed in on a crystal and made it black and white with a cyan photo filter.
I ended up using the third photo and overlayed it with a series of geometric shapes filled with gradients.
I also made a logo for the magazine, since they don't have one.
As for the interiors, I wanted the design to be really clean so that the focus would be on the content instead of creative distractions. It didn't win, but I'm proud of it.