Leftlion Magazine

  • Iain Smith Dwight

With the country in lockdown, Nottingham's largest independent magazine Leftlion put a call out to creatives to design the cover of their next issue. I designed a couple of concepts and ended up winning the competition. The design was partly inspired by my daughter's trousers and all the rainbows that started appearing in household windows due to children being off school and wanting to create paintings to show solidarity with the community and support for the NHS. In lockdown we were all living on our own little islands and I wanted to communicate this isolation.

NHS inspiration
My daughters trousers
Vector clouds
Finished Leftlion magazine cover
After publication, I reworked the design into an A3 format due to demand from the Leftlion readership for posters. Many people have now purchased these for their homes as a memento of the lockdown of 2020.