Updated Front Cover Design

Layout Moodboard

Within my magazine I want lots of white space and boxes, a very minimalistic feel.

Experimentation of Front Cover Idea

Below is a mock up of a front cover which shows the type of style I am going for, being a black and white publication the main image will be of black and white similar to this look. The name of the magazine is displayed big and bold across the top of the page in an eye catching manner. 

The front page will feature headings and subheadings of what there is to offer inside, the text will mainly be white depending on how dark the background image is. 

(The image used is not my own)

Layout Experimentation for Contents Page

Here is an idea for my contents page what I like about it is having a column down the middle in bold writing so its made clear.

Layout Experimentation for Photo Shoots

All of the layouts below are ideas to how I could layout my photographs from the shoots. I like the idea of using boxes and placing images in unconventional layouts. The placement of images within my magazine will depend on pairing images that work well together on enhancing the photographs, these are examples of the kind of look I am going for.
(All of the images featured in the layouts are not my own)

Layout experimentation for Feature Spread

The layout below is an idea of the style of layout I will be designing within my own magazine, the use of having white space is most important.

Below is a mock up of a possible page spread for a magazine feature created using Indesign. I have laid it out by taking inspiration from layouts that inspire me from various fashion magazines I have researched, the use of white space and the neatness of boxes is something I will be experimenting with and I think will work well with my overall theme.

Analysis of Layouts

 The two images below are from CR Fashion Magazine, what I like about them is the way they layout their spreads when they start a new photo shoot, so it has the name of the shoot and a little description.

Paper Types

Choosing which type of paper I want to use when printing my magazine is a big part of the overall look and feel of the publication, so I have done some research into the different weights and papers that are available.

General usage of different paper density...

  • 90 - 100 gsm - used for stationary, text for magazines and booklets, flyers and brochures.
  • 120 - 170 gsm - used for text for booklets, flyers and brochures. The heavier the weight, the more "upmarket" the feel.
  • 200 - 250 gsm - ideal for magazine and booklet covers.
  • 280 - 420 gsm - used for cards of all sorts and book and booklet covers.
Papers that magazines generally use...

  • Gloss papers - these have a high reflection and high ink lift, offering vibrant colour and intensity to printed images. This is the most common paper used for printing magazines.
  • Matt papers - offer no surface reflection and feel smooth and dull to the touch, albeit rougher than a gloss paper. The ink lift is not as pronounced as gloss paper and therefore images appear slightly flatter in appearance, although readability is improved.
  • Silk papers - like matt paper, these have no surface reflection and feel incredibly smooth to the touch. Silk paper provides a good compromise between gloss and matt, with high readability and quality reproduction
  • Uncoated papers - popular with publishers who are looking to push the boundaries of unconventional printing and publishing.  

After gathering all of this information the effect I will be going for is the conventional gloss paper, with maybe a matt page randomly throughout where I feel it would enhance the image printed onto it, a magazine that experiments with using different papers is industry.

The majority of todays magazines are printed on gloss paper, Vogue, Elle, etc.

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