For this task, I was allocated a specific edition of the iconic music magazine, NME (New Musical Express). The aim is to recreate the layout and to recap on the main conventional design features of a magazine cover. Using Indesign – recreate/copy the cover you have been allocated, we used the program Indesign to edit these magazines and get the most accurate magazine cover in comparison to the original. This task was set to have some fun with Indesign and experiment with the different features for future use. The idea was to find the right fonts, play with the sizing, learning try our best to lay out the cover with a conventional layout. I decided to choose this magazine from NME magazine because it is quite simple and easy for me to achieve an accurate copy as well as allowing me to use the different tools and techniques.
For this task, I had to recreate one of the magazine covers that were given to us as a class. I chose this magazine from NME magazine because it is quite simple and easy for me to achieve an accurate copy. From creating this magazine, I discovered my strengths using Indesign were:
- Finding fonts that were similar to the ones used on the real magazine, as well as using various tools, such as making the letters taller and wider, to achieve the most accurate representation as possible.
- Positioning the texts in the right places as I think it looks accurate in comparison to the professional magazine
- Sizing of the letters and using the tools to achieve the most similar size/height
Some of my common weaknesses were:
- The image I used, as it was more zoomed in than the original image which also made it seem blurry and not high quality. This made it harder to position the text and find the right sizes but I tried my best to make it precise. Although I did not need to find the exact photo – any one with a similar grouping of performers I still would of preferred the exact picture so it would of looked more accurate.
This task has been useful because I have learnt how to use many of the basic features of Indesign and know my way around the program a lot more. I have found the skills I need to work on and I know my strengths. From experimenting on this program it will help me when making my own music magazine in the future.
Here are some videos that will help me when making my own music magazine in further lessons: