The Harvard Crimson

Spring Comp 2021


Want to make beautiful cover pages for any of our publications, create stunning illustrations, or learn how to design a website from scratch? Comp Design.

The Design comp is all about learning by doing. Whether you've had any previous design experience or not, you'll learn everything you need to know during the comp process. The Design Comp teaches some of the most marketable skills around:

  • Layout with Adobe InDesign
  • Photo manipulation with Adobe Photoshop
  • Graphic creation with Adobe Illustrator
  • UI/UX design best practices and website mockups in Figma
  • Fundamental elements and principles of layout and design

This year, we’re offering three tracks: print, web, and illustration. Regardless of your interest, the Design Board has a place for you.

The Print Design comp will teach you how to create an eye-catching front page or a gorgeous magazine spread. After the comp, you’ll be responsible for the professional presentation of The Crimson’s publications, including the front and feature pages of the daily paper, the arts supplement, and the FM magazine. We lay out pages and prepare all graphs and graphics. Print Design will host an open-to-all Animations Workshop on January 29th for anyone interested in getting a taste of what we do.

Web Design collaborates closely with the Tech board to ensure that The Crimson's website is user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing for our online readers. Web designers work extensively with the design software Figma, while also constantly trying to improve all users' experiences on By developing skills ranging from hand-drawn sketches to wire framing to unveiling a final product, Web Design compers will become very familiar with the process behind designing a website from scratch.

Illustration gives artists a platform to create original artwork and enhance writing from across The Crimson with strong visual storytelling. Illustrators learn a range of skills and techniques, including digital illustration, watercolor, marker, and pen. They exercise a lot of flexibility, whether they're creating standalone cartoons or working hand-in-hand with Editorial, Arts, and FM.

All three tracks involve weekly meetings, training sessions with design editors, exercises, and social events within the Design Board and The Harvard Crimson. Compers will complete both exercises and projects that allow them to showcase their new design skills and knowledge, as well as real published designs with the guidance of editors.

The Design Comp is focused on you and on developing a great relationship between you and the editors on the board. You will not only gain practical skills, but also an immediate social and professional network.

If you have any questions about the comp process, feel free to reach out to our comp directors

For specific questions about the Print Design track, contact Comp Directors Meera S. Nair ( and Yuen Ting Chow (

For specific questions about the Web Design track, contact Comp Director Victoria Ono (

For specific questions about the Illustration track, contact Comp Director Helen H. Wang (