In the 1920’s Carmichael also created illustrations for a variety of stories, mostly those reproduced in magazines. An example of his illustrational style, though in a coloured and more elaborate format, can be found on the cover of a 1928 Maclean’s magazine.
For Carmichael, design was not simply meaningless ornamentation. The artist wrote:
These different things – repose, dignity, movement, energy, grace, rhythm – are part of our very life and make-up. They represent the pattern of our material life and they are the material/structure on which we build designs.