Linux Journal 'Git' Cover
Linux Journal Issue 288
Linux Journal Issue 288 Cover Design and Layout


Git is a free, and open-sourced, distributed version control system. It didn’t sound like the easiest concept to illustrate when asked to design it for the Linux Journal Cover for their Git issue. Git is not a very visual experience. Command-line is not necessarily oriented to the user’s visual experience. Visualizations of its workflow end in large graphs involving winding arrows, cylinders, branches, and forks. 

I ran with it. After a few thumbnails, the staff and I decided on the most compelling sketch. I sketched out a more refined version and brought it into 3D Studios Max; building up perspective to use as reference in Illustrator. The resulting cover was the editor’s, Carlie’s, personal favorite. And the beginning of a long relationship illustrating articles, covers, and digital assets for the Linux Journal.