Magazine Analysis

To help further with page layout and the project, I decided to do more research into other magazine double page spreads and how they are laid out for effectiveness. I looked mostly at the text; what fonts have been used, placement of text, fonts and font sizes etc. The images below are a few examples of double page spreads other than creative review. I thought it would be a good idea to look a wider variety of magazine to get more inspiration and layout ideas from different magazine companies.

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  1. This double page spread is one of my favourite as the text (including a variety of many different fonts), is spread across two pages and overlapping the image on the second page. The text contains a mixture of upper case and lower case letters, which gives the page an edgy look, it doesn’t looked crowed it just suits the page a the photo on the next page. The colours are similar and they work well together. The mixture of different fonts and sizes contrast and work well together creating a sort of collage effect. The first page on the left has a bleed however the page with the photo on the right hbleeds-785112asn’t got a bleed on it. “Bleed is a printing term that is used to describe a document which has images or elements that touch the edge of the page, extending beyond the trim edge and leaving no white margin.  When a document has bleed, it must be printed on a larger sheet of paper and then tried down” (https://rubiks.ca/EN/resource-center/useful-printing-tips.html) . So from the diagram above and the photograph of the doubt page spread, you can easily see the difference between a design with a bleed and without a bleed. This is another factor I will need to consider when designing my double page spread for the creative review. The article also includes captions giving information about the photograph. This is in italics to show that it’s not part of the article but is till part of the double page spread. The design is a bit cramped however I think it works well with the theme and the fonts used. Its quite bold and uses thick black lines, there is limited colour on the page which I think works well with the style and complaints the photo on the opposite page. The font from this magazine has inspired me and this is something I could use in my own design. However other element I couldn’t as it doesn’t suit the theme of the mods.

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2. This article is a lot different than the previous one. This includes a lot more information which is placed in column on the right page. By having columns, it breaks down writing and makes it easier for the audience to read the page, plus it makes the article more inviting and approachable. The layout of this double page is a bit similar to the other one as one page is covered by one image however on this design both pages have needs on them unlike the previous example. The writing in this article is all in a foreign language so I can’t tell you what its talking about, however I find the layout for the test very clear and easy to follow and read. At the begging of the text ( the first letter), they designer has used a Drop cap. Drop caps have been used through out history dating back to the 4th century.

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They are usually bigger and a different colour than the rest of the text. For example in this design to the left , it has been given a gold colour with drawings around it. The style of this design is very rough and almost like collage effect, the reason to me thinking this is due to the white outline around the photograph of the man on the left page. That raw edge look reminds me of ripped paper, very much like a collage plus the white boxes around the title on the right page also reminds me of text in collages. By looking at this magazine it have influence me to experiment with more digital techniques to recreate a more physical, man made to look to give the impression of collage through digital means. This analysis of magazines has really helped me with generating ideas for my project and with design and layout.

 

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