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Magazine Design: Content Page

Posted in Communication,Functionality,Magazines,Research,Typography by emz2687 on October 25, 2007

Magazine content pages indicate page numbers where each part starts. The contents usually includes the titles of the pages and a description of its content. Content pages can also include editor’s letters and other contact information.

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Grids

The most important thing to consider in magazine design is clarity, efficiency, economy and continuity, and the grid is the main way of achieving this. In designing a grid, you must consider the multiple kinds of information, the nature of the images and how they will be used, the length of the headlines and captions that may need to be included. The grid can be obvious – as in a column, hierarchical or modular – or can be hidden, as in interlocking or floating. A grid offers several possible solutions to the layout or structure of a magazine and helps a designer choose how to arrange the elements on a page, by limiting the choices.

Otl Aicher described a grid as “a tool not of coercion but of liberty”, whilst Josef Muller Brockmann said “To function successfully, the grid system, like all workable systems, must be interpreted as freely as necessary. It is this very freedom which adds richness and a note of surprise to what might…be potentially lifeless”

Carbon Footprint Advert

Steven Harrington

Posted in Aesthetics,Appealing,Arts,Communication,Graphic Design,Imagery,Magazines by emz2687 on October 17, 2007

Steven Harrington is a printmaker that I came across in a magazine. I think it was the latest Marmalade Magazine, but I can’t be 100% sure. Anyways, I took his name down because the piece in the magazine was stunning, and here’s some of his other works:

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Carbon Footprint

Posted in Cultural Awareness,Evidencial proof,Magazines,Research,Sustainability by emz2687 on October 17, 2007

A Carbon Footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (usually CO2) produced to support human activities, for example when driving a car or when heating a house. Greenhouse gases cause global warming.

Your Carbon Footprint is the SUM of all CO2 emissions which came about by any of your activities. Any other gases that are emitted by your activities e.g. methane, are converted into the amount of CO2 that would cause the same effect. Your Carbon Footprint can be calculated taking into account your activities over a year.

Activities that affect carbon footprint include car travel, air travel, boat travel, other motorized transport and electricity use

It’s very important to minimize your carbon footprint and prevent much further damage to the environment. To see how, press here!

Barcode Design

Posted in Aesthetics,Appealing,Communication,Functionality,Imagery,Magazines by emz2687 on October 15, 2007

I think I’d like to design a related barcode for my magazine as it would add an extra dimension and quirkiness to the overall cover. Here are some I’ve found which show what type of thing I want to do:

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Environmental Magazines.

Here are a few Environmental Magazines I can use for inspiration and influences.

Audubon—————California Wild———Canadian Geographic——-Conscious Choice

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E————————–Ecologist—————Green Futures————–World Watch

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Absolut Ads

I love the Absolut Vodka Ads – They are soo clever, quirky and fun. Here are a few of the 100’s to choose from:

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Pop art

Posted in Aesthetics,Appealing,Arts,History,Imagery,Paintings,Skills by emz2687 on October 14, 2007

Pop art is one of my favorite art movements. British pop art can trace its roots back to the mid 1950’s. It’s characterized by such things as advertising and comic books, and employs images of popular culture and cheap consumer products in art. There are many famous and amazing Pop artists, including Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Jasper Johns and, my favorite, Roy Lichtenstein. Although the movement was developed over 50 years ago, Pop Art remains very much alive and more possible as ever.

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(Left: Original by Roy Lichtenstein, Right: My Version!)

Nina Chakrabarti

I discovered this artist in the book, ‘Hand to Eye’. Nina Chakrabarti is an illustrator who works using pens, felt tips, biros, pencils, inks and her Apple Mac. Her work is intricate and detailed, and has been used by many different well-known companies, including Topshop.

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