The image to the left shows a firstdraft design for my music magazine’scontents page- Chart!I decided to resize the masthead andmake it smaller, but keeping it in thetop left hand corner of my contentspage. This works well to maintain thehouse style and also works toemphasise which magazine this is thecontents page for.I placed a border around the imageto make it look a little bit moreinteresting and used the colour of mymodels top as the colourselector, but reduced the opacityslightly to make it less in your faceand vibrant.I decided to make it easier forme, not only would I use thegrid, but I also placed the red lines asan aid for where to place the text. Iwill remove these red lines before Ifinalise my contents page.
The design to the left shows my seconddesign of my contents page for Chart!magazine. On this one I removed thepage numbers to see how the designwould look without them, beforerealising they were a necessity forpeople to find out where they could findthis information and these pages. Iadded a colour box to the bottom righthand corner with text reading “TheWanted. FREE poster inside”. I decidedto add a colour box to emphasise andhighlight this free gift to my targetaudience and magazine buyers. I usedthe colour selector tool on Photoshop topick out the colour from my models topto fill the colour box with. I filled it thesame colour to maintain house style onmy contents page.
The design to the left shows my thirddesign for my music magazine’s contentspage. On this one I have added the pagenumbers back in, making sure they arealigned with the rest of the text.
The screenshot to the left shows how I havebeen able to use the grid in Photoshop toalign the text and photo. This grid has beenreally useful in designing the contents pageas it has enabled me too keep all thewriting aligned and so give an overall moreprofessional feel to the contents page.On this design I also decided to remove thecolour box around “The Wanted. FREEposter inside” however since removing it Irealise this free gift does not stand out asmuch as I want it too. I also feel the colourbox broke up the page and made it slightlymore visually appealing.
This design led to me changing thebackground colour. I decided tochange the background colourbecause not only did I think the whitebackground was somewhat plain andboring, but I felt it was harsh on thereaders eyes.I also feel the background colouremphasises the masthead and makesit much more obvious rather than itjust blending into the background.The colour box also seems lessobvious and seems to fit in betterwith the colouredbackground, making it look slightlyless out of place.
On this design I decided toremove the red guide lines I hadgiven myself to see how thecontents page worked withoutthem and how obvious it was thatmy text was all aligned.
After looking at how I could maintainhouse style throughout my musicmagazine called Chart! I decided that Icould improve the contents pagedramatically by using the same font asI used on my front cover, as in previousdesigns I had used the same font I wasusing for my masthead. After realisingthis, I changed the font to the sameone used on the front cover for thecover lines.What font for what?a song for Jennifer – dafont.com for mymasthead and text in the colour boxDecibel- dafont.com for my cover linesand contents page subtitlesHigh Tower Text- Photoshop forexplanations of pagesFutura Md BT- for the titles of the pages