Making text fun – imagery words

To make the text visually interesting and to make it look more personal to the reader, I am making to into visual representations of the word, almost like the project of one word poster where the visual represents the word. This is for my alternative zine which is handwritten which makes it look more raw.

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4. Feedback (the event): Rob Hillier

Original zine:

  • “remove ‘top bakeries in London’ page and add title to the backpack page”
  • “spread the text evenly, left ad right on backpack page”
  • “remove ‘The Event’ on the door cover”
  • “text is to tight to image on bakery page, widen textbox”
  • “careful of text in the centre of text being lost or mismatched”

Alternative zine version:

  • “make sure you cut the distance cutout accurately”
  • “check that text is not lost between pages, break text up or space it differently”
  • “‘along Wardour Street’ text has been cut, position somewhere else”

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Response of feedback: I’ve got to check my printed pages for any printing issues as this is my last draft. This is my final draft to show to the tutors so over the weekend I will make the minor tweeks.

3. Feedback (the event): Gareth Bayliss & Rob Hillier

Rob Hillier:

  • “make some of the type bigger”
  • “move some things on the Camden page”

Gareth Bayliss:

  • “you’re double informing on some pages where the images says it/ self explanatory so don’t need description/ annotation”
  • “if you want a consistent layout, maybe try having the same layout for  the bakeries you visit”
  • “contrast you’re calm street images against the Oxford Street double page spread”

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Response from feedback: That’s a real good idea to constrat the image of my street with busy London, Gareth suggested putting in an image but said I should think about it creatively – I think I’m going to do a fold out page of the street image printed on acetate or tracing paper. That is why critiques are helpful.

Riot Grrrl

  • 1991 – Allison Wolte and Molly Neuman publish Riot Grrrl
  • there was a rise of feminism and the zine was created to celebrate this movement
  • zine concentrated on music and fashion

  • homemade cut-and-paste, xeroxed, collagey zines that covered a variety of feminist topics
  • used to voice opinion and share experiences making a community
  • Riot Grrrl now has an online blog – http://riotgrrrlonline.wordpress.com/

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This is the meaning of zines, in creating a medium for people to share their interests and opinions. In the past, women was regarded less equal to men and by making a zine underground and low, they could voice their opinion in which everyday people would not listen, this provided support to one and another to boost confidence. As seen in the issues of Riot Grrrl above, it has that grungy appearance where images have been cut and stuck onto an A4 sheet then photocopied (there was an increase use of Xerography as photocopying was introduced), handwritten text is then added to fill in the empty space between the images. But with the handmade appearance, it make it look more raw and more personal giving it attitude saying it doesn’t have to be perfect adding to the philosophy of the magazine in expressing female’s opinions.

Factsheet 5 (zine that review zines)

  • 1982 – a zine that reviews zines, started by Mike Gunderloy
  • reviewed predominantly science fiction themed fanzines and independent publications already circulating by word of mouth
  • the late 1980s it was a thick newsprint magazine, published bimonthly with a circulation of 10,000

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With the increase of zines, this zine was created to review other zines, I suppose this is good that people can get an overview but maybe it’s defying the zine culture in that zines are created out of personal interest so that it shouldn’t really have any criteria to be marked against. But the creator of Factsheet Five has the interest to review other zines in hsi zine.

Sniffin’ Glue

1976 – Early punk zine started by Mark Perry.

I went to the library to look at the Sniffin’ Glue issues which are actual versions from that time period as they were preserved by the library’s archive. It’s evident that the zine was handmade with scrawny writing and photos that had been cut and stuck onto the page. There is a mixture of handwritten text and typed writing using a typewriter. Headings are handwriting with a bold marker to give a hierachy. Images aren’t even aligned straight giving the connotation of not caring and going against society/ traditions which was what postmodernism and punk was about.

No special effects was used in Sniffin’ Glue magazines, it appeared that it was literally cut, paste, handwritten and then photocopied making it look more edgey. In the photos below, it shows that the person who put the zine together didn’t even check their work when assembling their articles and only after they noticed that the spacing was too tight they scribbled a column line. The vertical text shows that the text was added last minute because of the positioning and it is tightly squashed.

 

Use of Xerography in zines

1937 – process called Xerography invented by Chester Carson. 1950 – Xerox Corporation maes photocopy machine commerically available.

Photocopying was very heavily used in the early period of zines and are still used now but as there are different technology, most effects can be achieved on the computer before printing. Below are pages from a book “Whatcha mean what’s a zine?” and shows the different effect you could achieve using the photocopier e.g. draging the image whilst photocopying, enlarging sections of the image etc.

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I found some examples in the some zines in the library which are actual issues of the zine and not photocopies. This shows the designer has used different effects of printing in that in the first photo below, that have printed the monotone green image and then another stage having blue printed text ink on top. This method has been achieved on the second and third image below where a monotone colour image is printed first and then text is printed on top at a later stage. This would have saved money considering zines were of a small distribution and scale – by printing in less inks would save money.

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URL – http://vimeo.com/11766000

“Errata (16mm, 2005) is an experimental film in which I used a photocopier to generate frames of animation. Each frame of the film is a photocopy of the previous frame. Both black & white and color photocopies were used to make this film, approximately 4,600 copies total.”

This video was interesting in that it was an animation of the faults of photocopying and was a flickbook effect which expressed the ink as a fluid motion.

2. Feedback (the event): Simon Locksley & Selwyn Taylor

  • “You need to use grids”
  • “Need to annotate some images”
  • “Some pages have too many images going on”

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Response to feedback: I think to some extent grids help but in my opinion I think grids make the magazine boring in that each page has to be the same – therefore I will feature some pages to have the same layout to show that I have thought about some consistency. Also zines were created in the 1930’s to share people’s interest and were not finished professionally, I want my zine to have personality so I think that by making each page the same would lose the interest of it. Yeah I thought that the Princi spread had too many images, I’m going to select and remove some.

Book: Whatcha mean what’s a zine?

Todd, M. and Watson, E. (2006) Whatcha mean, what’s a zine? : the art of making zines and minicomics. Boston, Mass.: Graphia.

Review of book: This book I thought was cute filled with illustration basing in the history and concept of zines being handmade and small distribution scales. I thought some of the pages had too much illustration in that it was too busy and distracting to extract information/ read. It broke done the concept of zine into history, zine bindings and some examples of works with some interviews with zine designers/ artists too. I think that the book it a good read for brief information about zines and good to get a picture of the industry because they have interviews with small zine designers. The graphics and handwritten notes gives the book an endearing touch.

There are tips in how to write articles for zines, how to get inspiration for image, how to write interviews, how to construct zines, how to print/ screenprint, different effects achieved with the photocopier.

One the layout/ bindings that I found interesting was a poster fold out, where the cover is a poster and it is wrapped around the zine which can be used as a bookmark too. I don’t think it’s suitable for my zine but I think it would be good for a zine about bands or some kind of character so I’ll keep this binding/ layout in mind for the future.

Book: Editorial design

Zappaterra, Y. (2007) Editorial design. London: Laurence King.

Review of book: I liked the cover of the book with it’s paper envelope texture and this matched the contents where each chapter was based on a different editorial company. Each chapter was divided with a picture of the envelope from the editorial company sent to the person who wrote the book. I think that this was playful because it shows the individuality of the different editorial company and that even envelopes has a sense of structure/ font/ layouts and that it packages the company (in literal and sub- meaning too). The book consisted of no writing apart from contact details of the different comapnies. It was lovely to view the different works of the greatest editorials in Britain and good to give me inspiration on different formats and layouts.

The featured work from Hat- Trick who I like and they lectured earlier in the year too. They showed their “Three” work and highlighted I’ve got to look at details because even small details such as ribbon bookmarks where they have three of them going with the theme of three.

Book: Great British editorial

Emeyele (2008) Great British editorial. Barcelona: Index.

Review of book: The book went through everything in the magazine industry from the marketing to the structure within a publishing house to the history of magazines. I’ve always wondered the different job roles/ responsibilities e.g. editor, designers etc. The book was very broad so it didn’t have in depth information about certain aspects of design which I wanted. I wanted to find different interactive elements throughout the history of magazine or some example of good layouts. It broke down the anatomy of a magazine with about a paragraph of information, good book to summarise the industry and to get a feeling for the project but not a good book for inspiration or work development.

Book: Magazine design

Foges, C. (1999) Magazine design. Crans-pres-celigny: Rotovision.

Review of book: This book broke down the anatomy of a magazine from biding to cover lines to binding. The book was good that it featured work that was different/ revolutionary, I especially liked the page that showed the application of different materials that made the magazine Dazed interactive. “Dazed & confused, Issue: Aug 1997. In this issue, cover mode Helena Christiansen’s modesty was preserved by the application of a metallic coating. Half of the readers who bought the magazine and scratched off the panel got lucky, and saw Christiansen unclothed. The others were disappointed to find her censored by two black stars under the panel.”

I love the interactivity and it makes the magazine fun and exciting too, making it a collectors item in the future because people either got the lucky unclothed one and some may have kept the metallic coating to preserve the issue. The book highlighted fine detail of magazines in how some magazines have there barcodes and the spine of magazines. Wallpaper magazine features the main articles that feature in their magazine which I noticed when reading them in the library and that it is helpful when searching for issues relating to my topic.

1. Feedback (the event): Rob Hillier

  • Looking really good
  • A lot of work has gone into this
  • Some spreads are working better than others
  • I like how it is different in the opening flap of the zine
  • Add more drawings and look into Andy Warhol’s cake drawings

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Review of feedback: Yeah I agree that some spreads are working better than others and I’m currently stuck on the China Town spread but I will push myself to work otherwise I’ll fall behind – I’m going to look into more books for inspiration. I just initially sketched some drawings in the zine mock of where my drawings are going to be. They drawings will be in watercolour as cakes looks good in watercolour as it shows it delicate side. Andy Warhol:

I looked into Andy Warhol’s drawing of cakes and I like how it combined watercolours with the use of pen drawings. One of my drawings (drawing of Primark) already combines both watercolour and pen. Rob showed an example of a past third years work in that there magazine was interactive where there was folding sections and diet cuts. I think that for my China Town spread which i personally find is the weakest, is going to have a tear up sections but in an artistic direction.

Book: We love magazines

Losowsky, A. (2007) We love magazines. Luxembourg: Editions Mike Koedinger.

Review of book: I was hoping to get inspiration for layouts and grids with this book in that it would have large images of magazine spreads. But instead it had textual information. Nice that it gave a history of the different magazine and the history of various magazines from different genres. I like the pages of “Great moments” where it highlighted key issues, in particular I liked the page about Big Issue and how magazines have different interests of being able to help homeless people and methods of distribution. It reminded me of how magazine doesn’t just serve one purpose in looking nice and providing information.

I don’t think this book was helpful visually for me to get information and the text in the book at times was too faint and didn’t go in depth or went off on a tangent in talking about something else.

Book: Ray Gun: out of control

Ray Gun (1997) Ray Gun : out of control. London: Booth-clibborn.

Review of book: This book is both for my zine and my contextual studies. Personally I don’t like the style of postmodernism and Ray Gun but it’s good to try different things and see what’s out there. I find that Ray Gun’s work is really messy and lazy graphic design but I know that is the effect they want to achieve and that things are positioned for a purpose so it is not lazy.

It took a lot of time to read the book as text was scattered everywhere on a page and there was lines across text and sometimes text was hidden behind images etc. It did get frustrating and annoying because it made me have to think what I was reading as it didn’t make sense. I don’t want to go down the route of my zine in this style as I just find it confusing.

I understand of what postmodernism is more like and that it is very strange even in the present time so it must have been extremely revolutionary in the 1990’s.

OBX

URL – http://issuu.com/meanfolk/docs/obx

Use of photography, typography and layout combined. The photo is good because the lighthouse stands out from the grey sky. The image is positioned centrally, both horizontally and vertically. The font use is a condensed style, a clean sans serif with equal strokes. People often say that things look good in odd numbers and with the word OBX it is balanced. The O and X are edited that it looks like it’s behind the scenery.

Urban Cycling

URL – http://issuu.com/katiekingrumford/docs/urbancycling

The content of this zine is based on people watching. I did this when I was in London because people around are just as interesting as sites/ landmarks. There are about 5 double spreads of individual people with captions displayed on the side as seen in the image below. There is a consistent use of colour (grey, white), font and shape (a rectangle with a corner chopped off).

I, Science

URL – http://issuu.com/iscience/docs/issue20

This magazine on the website Issuu is called I, Science. Here is one of the spreads of their magazine. There is a strong layout here with a three columns on each page, certain quotes are in the same size as the subheadings, there is a strong use of colour consisistency (orange, black, grey, white). Images are positioned within the grid of the three columns (on the left, the image is in one columns, on the right, the image is stretched across two columns). The font used for the headings/ subheadings is in upper case and condensed in shape, other text is round and italic, body text is in a serif font which makes the article looked quite dated I think they should have used a sans serif because everything else looks modern.

Isuu

URL – http://issuu.com/

This website allows people to use the medium of the internet to publish and distribute their magazine. I am using this website to browse through various magazines to get layout and content inspiration. I will look at the different genres, styles, layouts that they have to try and create my own style of my zine.

I’m going to upload my zine onto this website after I have completed my zine too.

Zines do not have to be high quality standard but of the designer’s passion

URL – http://www.pushpinzines.co.uk/products/answers-on-a-postcard-1-12

Sold on a website that sells handpicked zines, this is a series called “Answers on a Postcard ” by “Girl Industries”. The series uses a simple black and white photocopy printed on coloured paper for variation. This shows that zines do not have to have a high quality and that it is made from interest and passion of the topic.

I’m worried that the zine I’m going to created will look unprofessional and ugly but I have learnt with the zine culture, it’s about the designers interest for the subject to share with the world.

URL – http://wemakezines.ning.com/photo/shape-situate-posters-of-inspirational-european-women-issue-3?context=latest

Shape & Situate: Posters Of Inspirational European Women. Issue 3 (2012)

This zine appears to be completely handmade with handmade type where the designer has chosen to handwrite the text rather than using existing fonts. Content on the pages appears to be positioned around the image and that there are no colours used apart from the front page where is it printed on colour paper. The front page f the zine look like it has been handrawn using biro pens created a screen printed appearance.

URL – https://littlehelenmak.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/biker.jpg?w=211

Very simplistic in that it look amateur – the piece looks like the text has been printed off the computer with italic Arial Black font and then the image is drawn in the centre. But zines make unpolished booklets/ magazines acceptable because it is a personal response to a topic.

URL – https://littlehelenmak.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/untitled2b1.jpg?w=300

I think this is a fold out zine but it follows the style of 1970/ 1980’s zines where there was a high use of photocopiers, cutting and sticking colleges. The images are positioned at the top of the page to draw attention whilst there is handwritten text to accompany the images.

I haven’t painted and sketched in a long time – I forgot how I like to watercolour

I forgot how I like to paint using watercolors. I haven’t painted and sketched in such a long time. Rob encouraged us during the holidays to draw, sketch, jot notes for our project. So I decided to draw some pieces that can contribute to the contents of my zine. I chose the medium of watercolour because I like how smooth the colours are together and that they are vibrant. I’ve got to admit that I don’t really like drawing particulary but I can draw if I had more time and put effort in.

I decided to do some watercolour paintings and some pen sketches to vary the styles and to show my range.

I chose to draw my pen sketches ina cartoon/ abstract style as it is more interesting. Because artists such as Quentin Blake create characters that are in a rough abstract style which are successful and I like this work –

Going to London for content

Originally I wanted to go on a bike ride along the river Stort with my friend as the even or having a day out with my little cousins baking and going to the park (Pets Corner, seeing animals).

I went to London yesterday to record my event in that I travelled around the city. I started in my home town (Harlow) and recorded video clips, written notes/ quotes and taking photos. I chose London because there is many events, different people, different sites to see but I took my interest of baking into site seeing in London where I visited the top bakeries in London.

I visited: Camden, Soho, Carnaby Stret, Oxford Street and China Town. I mainly walked everywhere because that way I can get first hand experience and get more photos (closer detail) and tried other methods such as taking the bus.

I tried to keep my ears and eyes open by noticing people and the environment.

 

1970’s:

zines characterized by a synergy between outspoken political commentary, literary experimentation, heartfelt critiques of rock and roll music, influence of drugs on visual communication, revolution in layout and design

Sniffin’ Glue made its appearance as the leading British punk music fanzine. Sniffin’ Glue featured sloppy hand lettering, uneven typewritten interviews, and darkly reproduced pictures.

Zine context

URL – http://www.doitgreen.org/article/media/zines

As the underrepresented raised their voices, specifically women among them, the activity was deemed a movement and it was named Riot Grrrl. Here women redefined feminism for the 1990s and recognized each other as manufacturers of culture as opposed to mere participants in the culture that is given to them. Ericka Bailie’s zine distribution business, Pander Zine Distro, raises the Riot Grrrl battle cry in its absolute effectiveness, representation, and style. It also raises the bar for distributors of independent media to consider more carefully the quality and kind of works they represent.

Furthering the connection between dissidence and music, students from the school of visual arts in NY founded Punk in 1976 and chronicled CBGBs. Also Sniffin’ Glue made a name in the UK around the same time. These days, a biography of a band from the UK in the late 70s cannot be published without images, interviews, and information credited to Sniffin’ Glue.

The intellectual history of zines, however, is not the whole story. Chester Carlson scored a patent for Xerox in 1939 and began the love affair between the zinester and the tool of the trade. One zinester mentioned that the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for her was to buy her a photocopier. It wasn’t until the 1970s that most of us had access to them. But now that there is a Kinko’s on every corner, a copier at every temp job, and a disgruntled temp worker at every temp job, it is unlikely that the number of zines in circulation will see an end. The copier brought speed and accessibility to a cultural history of resistance and self-reliance. What naturally followed was a rise of control over the written word and published material. Zines are proof that the means of production and distribution can exist in the hands of the people and that we now have more resources and power to make our culture than ever before.

Zine culture is changing. With the rapid growth of digital culture, zines have made a curious transition to the web, which has perhaps breathed new life into a very old idea. Currently, one heated debate among zinesters is whether a zine has the same impact once it appears on the glowing screen. Other zines have reached a level of popularity to garner a large following, most notably Clamor and Punk Planet. But while these magazines make their way to the racks of Barnes and Noble, it seems there will always be the teenage girl cutting and pasting, copying and distributing, finding her niche in the colorful underground publishing world.

1990’s: Riot Grrl

Feminism in the 1990’s

Zines begin to be created with desk top publishing programs; e-zines are distributed via the Internet.

Rebecca Walker writes an article for Ms. Magazine called “Becoming the Third Wave,” marking the emergence of the third wave feminist movement.

1930’s: The Comet

The Comet is said to be the first ever fanzine published. It is a fanzine that was published in 1930 in the U.S.A. by Raymond Palmer.
The Comet is widely acknowledged as being the first science fiction fanzine ever published. It was edited by Raymond Arthur Palmer and published by the Science Correspondence Club.

The design looks basic in the title is positioned centrally at the top like a banner with a bordered image positioned below. The layout is basic and it appears to be handrawn onto plain low quality paper. I don’t think this would have been mass produced because it is very niche and that creating plates for printing would be highly expensive considering the output quantities wanted.

1960’s

IBM Selectric Typewriter (multiple typefaces)

zines characterized by a synergy between outspoken political commentary, literary experimentation, heartfelt critiques of rock and roll music, influence of drugs on visual communication, revolution in layout and design

inexpensive offset printing used to create alternative newspapers associated with the political unrest of the time, underground comics

Love New York

URL – http://magculture.com/blog/?p=11792

This effect is achieved with the use of a die cutting machine where the cover has been cut to expose the page behind. Interesting how the hearts are not cut to have a perfect smooth edge but it looks like the cover has been hacked using a scalpel. The logo on the cover has been cut through too where half of “New” remains. The cover uses solid block colour which contrast together to make to bold statement or it could be because of economical issues where there is a small range of ink colours used.

The Guardian front cover

URL – http://magculture.com/blog/?paged=6

This cover reminds me of the Facebook timeline feature where there is a large photo (Facebook: cover photo option) placed at the top of the page where it is lke a banner. I’m not sure if one influenced the other to do similar style or that they had no influence on each other. A thick black line is used to distinguish the logo from the news content and a grid has been used of 5 columns. The 5 columns are equal and the bottom article only have 3 body text columns but they use the same grids as the 5 columns.

Facebook cover photo:

Bazaar front cover

URL – http://magculture.com/blog/?paged=5

This is kept very minimalistic in that there are no page taglines and no background. I like how the image of Gwyneth is positioned centrally on the page and that she takes the whole page vertically.

But the feature I like the most is the the subtext of “The new loo, Gwyneth revealed” is position at her waist which makes her look cinched in and it is said that having a small waist is seen to be attractive in women. It makes the text part of the image and that it’s related to the image. I like how “Harper’s” is slotted between the two A’s where there is the maximum amount of space between the letters.

Wrap magazine

URL – http://magculture.com/blog/?p=11291

Wrap is a new magazine that once read can be used to wrap gifts. If last Autumn’s first issue was a little too much like wrapping paper  – it was really just a pack of giftwrap with articles on the back side of the sheets –  issue two has tilted the balance back in favour of editorial.

The set of A2 printed papers is now loosely bound by an elastic band, meaning there is a structure to the issue, and all the work is based around the theme ‘animals and creatures’.

This means the beautifully printed pieces of illustration (the wrapping papers) crash together in happy contrast (above) but can be pulled loose to be used as giftwrap or even as poster (work above by Patrick Hruby and Dan Funderburgh)”

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I like that the magazine can be recycled to be used as wrapping paper once it has been at the product lifecycle (once is has been read). Also this gets graphic piece/ artwork distributed amongst friends/ family making the artist’s work known to more people. It appears that the magazine is in limited edition of 1500 and the handwritten counting indicates this magazine to be have a small distribution so it could be local.

It aso extends the product lifecycle in that people could keep the magazine as posters and that it can be considered economical/ eco- friendly because it is used as wrapping paper after. I just looked on their website and it seems they are a new business and are currently on their fourth issue.

I really like their work in promoting new designersa and I like their style and prints. I hope they become a very successful business, I’m tempted to purchase issues but they are £9.50 each 😦

i-D cover book

URL – http://magculture.com/blog/?p=11688

URL – http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/fashion/all/04449/facts.i_d_covers_1980_2010.htm

It appears that the text on the right have been embossed. The front cover uses the logo as the main focus and uses it as an image. The logo directly shows the reader that there a hidden meaning/ gesture to the ID logo in that it is a face winking. Normally the ID logo is positioned in the left right corner and the meaning gets unoticed. Simple colour scheme of just black and hot pink – the hot pink contrasting against the black background for strong impact. The right text on the text is in a stencil type and looks similar to Arial Rounded MT but in stencil format.

Wallpaper* Kraftwerk

URL – http://magculture.com/blog/?p=11765

“It’s the time of year again when Wallpaper* hands over control to guest editors. This time two invited editors have their hands on the issue – artist Christian Marclay and graphic designs favourite band Kraftwerk, who have contributed a set of 3D images from an upcoming exhibition and book. Kraftwerk fans will recognise the visual references in the pages after the jump, and enjoy the tributes from Peter Saville, Neville Brody and cyclist David Millar among others. And magazine fans will love the front cover.”

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This gives a different experience for the reader in that they get to view the magazine which is jumping on the three dimensional trend with the increase use in movies. I like that the 3D glasses that are required for the magazine to be attatched as part of the front cover. The front cover features a man wearing them which shows the reader that they are needed in the magazine. There is minimal text on the front page so that the main focus is on the 3d glasses

There is a consistent use of black, white, grey and red which makes it look like it’s from the 1950’s era. The graphics have a retro look with a hard black outline for the images (within the magazine) and the use of green, olive and green colours.

Bloomberg Businessweek front cover

URL – http://magculture.com/blog/?p=13640

“Many a Bloomberg Businessweek front cover has been featured here but none have drawn so directly from editorial design history as this weeks. The tightly cropped portrait and simple, direct question is classic sixties Esquire.

The exciting thing about this and other BBW covers isn’t just that they are always well designed, it’s that they draw on so many different sources. Typography, illustration, infographics, graffiti… and now classic Esquire. Yet they all hang together. Top stuff.”

It’s interesting that they have positioned the headline of the magazine where Obama’s T zone is. They could have chosen to place the headline on the cheek because there is no detail. But I think they positioned it there because readers/ people are naturally drawn to eyes when communicating and that eyes are said to reveal emotion.

The photo used on the cover is a very intimate shot revealing every wrinkle/ blemish that Obama has. Therefore the eyes expression has be give a good impression to the audience. Text is kept to a minimal exposing face more and it can be considered more of an art direction.

I really like this cover as it’s so exposing and making a statement. It’s very daring to have such as close up shot of the face especially for famous figures such as politians like Obama Barrack.

Tanztheater

This zine consists of using on three colours being white, green and blue. All the photos apart from the front page has been overlayed with either green or blue sticking to the colour theme. It appears only three fonts have been use, one bold sans serif, one serif and one sans serif.

There is a hierachy that goes the bold sans serif, sans serif and then serif. I find that the layout of the photos to be very interesting because some of them are positioned that one of the border edges are not there and some some images are placed off centre making one border thicker than another.

Day Zine

URL – http://dayzine.co.uk/issues/day-one/

This zine has the layout of text on one page and photo with a white border on the other. The white border makes the black & white image stand out and gives more definition. It appears that zines these days have the trend of distort/ worn look like they did in the rise of fanzines such as Sniffing Glue and Ray Gun.

I like the right page of the newspaper jacket as a visual concept, it has inspired me that I could have make a zine a jacket which would emphasise that it is personal and that it’s short run/ one off. Once again on the left, a photo is centred with a border to focus attention on the photo itself.

Texture image

URL – http://designspiration.net/image/112729/

I saw this image and thought that this piece was like a scrapbook, I like the photos being printed on tissue paper which compliments the hues of the photos very well and that it adds to the delicate touch. It reminds me of summer with the colours reminding me of the sunset and that it brings a sense of nostalgia.

The essence of zines is that to create something personal that interest you so you do it yourself. Something made by yourself gives a more sentimental meanin.

Good use of juxtaposition

I stumbled across this book in the library on the shelves whilst browsing, the entire book is about dogs (photos of dogs) and the book is title “Dogs”.

This is one of the double page spreads in the book and this is a really good use of juxtaposition, where two images are placed next to each other and has good effect/ good meaning. On the left there is a photo of a sign saying “No dogs” and on the right, an image of a dog pooing is giving the overall image saying that is rubbish and the sign is not respected.

This makes me think that I need to consider how I will lay out my pages in my zine and the material I select to go on each page.

Lecture: Event magazine – Rob Hillier

  • Andy Warhol bought “Interview magazine, was Avante Garde > great article with Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Litte White Lie – trendy magazine
  • Develop you own visual language
  • Neville Brody – The Face > wanted to make every spread a poster
  • National Geographic magazine – not readable but impressionable
  • Magazine is a 3D object
  • Laser cut sleeve, use latest technology
  • Amelia’s magazine
  • Explore colour
  • Record events or an extensive event
  • Edit event material
  • Take a sketchbook, draw, write
  • Format: size
  • “Cut your own path but don’t copy”

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Response to lecture: I found that I’m not great with layouts and I’m new to them because I have never been taught as I went to sixth form, so I will need to look at loads of existing publications (magazines, books) in the library and on the internet. I’ve looked at layout and gridding books before and didn’t really find them inspiring but looking at magazines with content in would help I think. I have got some ideas of the zine and my event could be a bike ride journey with my friend.