Magazine Research In order to get ideas on how we wanted our magazine’s to look we had to research into another magazine. The magazine I chose to research was ninja . It is an art magazine that’s focused on photography. I like the feel of this magazine and it’s very modern and simplistic. It also has a catchy name and all these things helped to inspire my magazine.
Front Cover Evaluation The front cover was intended to give a laid back fashionable feel. As a student I have often thought that common student magazines have a focus on trying to be enthusiastic and energetic and after a long day’s work the last thing I want to do is sit down and look at some overly-enthusiastic model having the fun I wanted also it often goes quite wrong and looks a bit too much of a farce. I just want to sit back and relax, something I wanted to portray with the soup’s design.
Contents Page Evaluation The contents page gives a look as to what the magazine contains, therefore it was important to me that I gave the right impression on this. I decided the contents would focus on photography and used photo’s from the cover shoot as I was happy in the feeling that these gave.
Exploring Font's In creating my magazine I had to consider different font’s that could be used for the magazine. These font’s were found on the defont website, however I chose to use font’s which were already installed on the photoshop as although the font’s found on the website looked good, there would be more work in getting rid of the white background which each of the font’s had and I really felt that the Stencil Std. font I used for the title suited the magazine better.
Development - Front Cover To Create the front cover it was first essential to create a logo. I choose to create my logo like so as I think it was a stylish, compact way to give the information as to what the magazine was and who it was targeted to. The bar at the bottom of the page will hold a feature article. I chose to use the green colour as it is a colour that’s stylish in the autumn winter fashion, which I had already decided my magazine would be focused on.
The next stage to creating a front cover was deciding as to which stories would be inside the magazine. I chose my stories based on what I felt students would be interested in. I think the masthead is placed well here and it seemed natural to place it here as the magazine is balanced and doesn’t have too much text on one side or the other. Development - Front Cover
After adding an image and some final touches the front cover is complete. I like my front cover as I think it looks proffesional and gices the intended look of the magazine. To improve my magazine front cover I added a black border around the ’20’ which I think made it stand out more as originally it wasn’t completely visible as it blended into the background image somewhat. I also added ‘The FASHION issue’ at the bottom which tell’s the reader the main focus of this magazine. Final Front Cover
The development of the contents page was quite simple at this stage. I had to choose a way in which to display what the articles were. I chose to use the green shapes in order to connect the contents page with the front cover via the green banner at the bottom of the front cover, as well as the colour of the 20 number. I used the fonts as another way to connect the contents and front cover pages. Development - Contents Page
I chose to put this photo as the main focus of the page as I think it is one of the most beautiful images taken at the shoot and I wanted to display it. I like this image as it is very relaxed and dream like and the shoes in the picture are very beautiful. I thought about changing the colour of the text over the image however when I experimented with this the black writing was still the text which was most legible. Development - Contents Page
Final Contents Page I finished my contents page’s design by adding some images to the top which I also liked from the shoot. I think all these images display a free image which is one of the magazine’s focus points. I also added the magazine title at the top corner in a smaller size. I choose to present this in white as I thought it would be more legible and that it balanced the black writing on the page.