“Choose a magazine and work out the grids they have used…draw up a two page spread using the same grid as the magazine. Select a title and images, and see how many variations you can come up with.”
I decided to use Psychologies Magazine for this exercise. It’s got a bit more to it than Heat magazine (yep, that’s not hard)! It took quite a lot of measuring and head scratching to work out the grid in terms of getting accurate measurements, but it helped a lot drawing it all out on paper.
Here you can see that I scribbled a fair bit on the magazine pages before drawing out the grids.
What emerged, was a two, and three column layout, with a 1.5cm left and right margin, with a 0.5cm gutter. Obviously there are variations with how these layouts are divided up, but that is the underlying structure that I was able to identify (the column width actually works out at 5.3cm)
We were asked to identify the font. I hopped over to http://www.identifont.com and spent about three quarters of an hours scouring the magazine for a capital “J,” and so on…. It came up with a match
But take a look at the letter Q! Here it is in the magazine…Nope. Not a match.
Honestly, from now on I’m going to just look for existing fonts that I have on my computer as a nearest match, as I really did enter the information carefully but didn’t get a good result!!
Not that I’m sulking…..
Anyway, the nearest typeface I have is Aparajita, so thats the one I’m going to use. I decided to use the theme of home, as this can be quite a broad subject, and I drew up some roughs to get an idea of the possible layouts…
I have chosen the title “No Place Like Home”. This one uses cupcakes, as baking is quite a homely sort of thing.(I know they’re not original but I do have a girly streak I like to indulge sometimes!!!) I previously drew some vector artwork I can use for this, so I won’t get myself into trouble over copyright either!
Next up, I have a gorgeous photo of my house rabbit Pete, and my dog Finn. Pete the rabbit died a few years ago now, so this pic is extra special to me.
I’m not completely sure how well the large amount of red will work, obviously one option could be to change the colour of the fabric in photoshop, but it might be OK as it is.
Hopefully this one is a little quirky when it comes to our ideas about the concept of “home”.
The next stage is of course to work these up on the computer. First I used the cupcake from a previous assignment, as I thought it would make quite a fun image.
As I place it into Indesign, it occured to me that maybe it works quite well enlarged and cropped like this..
Here’s another cupcake one, this time with my vector pics. I could have fiddled with this further by altering the colours or enlarging. Here’s a layout in progress, but I thought this is a bit busy
Layout 1 (This is my favourite I think)
Layout 2 with some variations.
I don’t really like the proportions of the text above and below.
I prefer this one…
And here’s a pull quote!
And here are the furries! I found this one more difficult to arrange…It may be too plain, but I wanted to knock the text back, and let the picture dominate.
Here’s the pic flipped horizontally. I could have beefed this up further by creating a dark background on the left hand page and reversing out the text. Psychologies magazine often has quotes with a large opening one (with a smaller or missing closing one) so I’ve used that effect here.
And here’s the pic on the opposite page.
Lastly, is the “hut!”
I’ve again decided the image ought to be more important than the title here, but I don’t know if this is also a little “quiet”. I suppose it depends on the tone of the article, and the intended readership. I’m also not sure if the heading is in quite the right place as maybe you could use the vertical line of the edge of the hut to align the text?
Anyway, that’s it!