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 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. It was a more minimal and text-based concept, straightforward and on the theme. Not a stranger to drawing original text, I took to sketching out a more refined version and bringing 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.