Draft of the Contents
Next’s up is the contents page. I decided to stick with the block style, as it more effective, and fits well for the constructivism theme I’m aiming for. I went for two design choices with the fonts for the contents list, either keep the same, or keep it different in order to have the fonts give an impression about the nature of the article. For example, a sans serif font denotes the prestige of the subject. I also added an inset, as a teaser for upcoming content in the magazine. Looking back on it, I think having only two images is not good. The addition of only one image make it feel like it was added in as an afterthought. Looking back on examples of professional magazine content pages, they either have a single dominating image without any accompanying images, or with. I have not seen any that has only just one accompanying image. I should either go for one large image, or one smaller one with more accompanying insets. I’ll wait for peer feedback before such a decision is made.
Another problem which I can identify now is that the right image, wasn’t edited correctly. I’ve used the magic wand tool to get rid of the background, however, it failed to select certain pixels, and are still left on the image, which can be spotted. I’m wanting for peer feedback before I decide on which I should do. Also, the edge of the image and the background is quite sharp, it makes it look like as if its more artificial. Next time, when I cut out an image in Photoshop, I’ll add a blur/smooth effect on the edge of the image, which will make it blend into the background much more, and therefore look much more better.
Another concern is that the current block style feels artificial, without any texture present. Comparing to the examples of constructivism on the web, the shapes have texture and feel to it, while my ones feel much more artificial. I’ll ask others if they agree.
Looking back, I can notice that the contents list is quite scarce in actual content, looking back on professional magazines, they have a longer contents list, with the a much smaller text. I’ll have to edit my contents list to a similar style, as this the current list size denotes amateurism. Also, the layout of the contents is a bit stiff, and unimaginatively conventional. I’ll experiment with different layouts for the contents, maybe the contents dotted around the page rather than being restrained in a list?
Without font differentiation.
With font differentiation.
Again we analysed our work we have done so far, and gave each other constructive feedback in order to improve our work.
One thing the whole class realised was that professional and puiblished magazines have a bigger contents list than the ones we have made. All of us will increase the size of the list when possible.
Going for the list layout is very conventional and does not fully represent my creative side, I should experiment with other layouts, such as more freestyle one, with titles and page numbers scattered about the place.
One of the images has some random pixels attached to it that is encroaching the page, I’ll get rid of those.
After some thought, I have realised that I might be overdoing it with the constructivism style and the main cover artist. While its essential at the cover and the double page spread where the main cover artist takes spotlight, its not essential in the contents, or the very least . At this point in time it might seem that my entire magazine is devoted to this one artist, which is not the case. Its suppose to be an alt-music magazine,not a Russian alt music one. What I think I’ll do to fix this issue is to tone it down on the contents page, with the style only present near the main cover artist. The rest of the page will have a design that will appeal to the intended target audience, this will break the monotony of red and yellow.
Also, one fellow student with good memory, remembered the lesson on the links between design and human physiology, aka leading space. Rezov’s face is aiming to the right, which means that he looking either at advert (if this was an actual magazine), or into empty space as this is the second page. The latter applies. Its better to flip otherwise the audience will be misled to empty space. Although he is also looking at the contents. I think I’ll flip the location of the contents.
Targets for Improvement
- More contents
- Experiment with different layouts
- Polish up the images
- Experiment with a block style with different textures
- Reduce the constructivism style significantly and design the general look for the magazine, and make Rezov take less space up
A New Improved Front Page
I followed the advice I was given and totally redesigned the contents page. I tried to give a recognisable style for the magazine, when its not swamped by a constructivist style. I didn’t exactly add an extended list of contents, but rather a contents list with small descriptions underneath. The writing present here is not my best, they are the first drafts. Rezov now has a smaller influence on the page, with him being edited to be in the appropriate art style. However, I feel his placement is now out of place and forced.There must a better way to introduce him.
The layout is conventional, and certainly won’t be praised. However, this was the only way to implement picture of the other star. As a requirement, I need 4 original pictures done by me present in the magazine. With this layout, I have achieved that requirement.
I’m not happy about the typeface still. I think I’ll go for distinct fonts for each of the contents I think. It will help to identify what will be present, e.g. a grungy typeface will hint of the grunge genre.
I think I should try to create a more recognisable brand of magazine, because otherwise it will look my entire magazine is based around contrucivism.