Finally. It’s Friday night…
Finally. It’s Friday night…
Ultimately after reflecting on it for a while I’ve come to realise that my contents page is lacking the most out of all of my pages. Ultimately I do not feel that it represents what my magazine is very well. Well, why is this?
I came to the realisation that what I was going for, while unique, is too indie. Sure the sword and all that, really oriental, fits the artist’s style and he is one of the feature articles. In that regard he’s a really unconventional artist with an unconventional style. The problem with that is that I tried to use conventional techniques to show a cover page regarding EDM. The bland colour palette of mostly pale colours didn’t lend itself to the genre. On the front page I’ve got mixes of blues blacks and reds, all the colours in between. DPS, I go for a purely monochromatic scheme and go for simplicity. The contents page? Nothing goes well with pale. And the stern, serious nature of the star didn’t lend itself to be creative and add some unconventional, fun stuff in there. The mix of genre and the style of the artist just does not work. There’s a line I have to tread between genre and star, the approach I took to this snapped that line. Getting too caught up on this idea screwed me over for the finer details
Now realistically, I could do a redesign, there’s still time. But I’ve put myself through enough ice cream to know I’m done with amending this magazine. All I can do is call out the flaws.
So there’s a big disparity between what’s gonna be shown here and what my previous drafts have looked like, here’s a catch up before the final draft:
Rub a dub (Rub a Dub) Go to space (In the club) Bring it back (Bring it back)
Below is a recording of a peer going through these different questions and giving me targets to work on for the final draft:
Out with the old in with the same thing
Here’s an updated set of my double page spread. Since last time I added some general metadata things i.e page number, written by, photo by, etc. Some minor additions which are conventional like the small notice at the bottom saying there’s an interview a page over. Overall tried making my background visuals less subtle, feels a lot less monochromatic now.
Time to become a corporate shill!
As a requirement of becoming a profitable and viable business, I need investors! More specifically advertisers to appeal to my audience. So what would my audience be interested in? First to consider is just generally my genre. Headphones, soundboards, microphones, just things generally used in music production. Research for my audience, however, shows for a very run-of-the-mill income and this kind of equipment can be quite pricey, nor is the average person going to necessarily produce music. I’ve ultimately decided that headphones are a good bet to fit in both of these categories. It’s a very safe, inexpensive, option which anyone listening to music would want. Appeals to everyone, plain and simple.
So I chose these two headphone ads. The first fits a very technical, futuristic, aesthetic similar to that of EDM. The other shows a simplistic aesthetic with the product against a bright background for contrast.