Publish! – Magazine Covers

Today we made magazine covers with Ray as part of our field module – we paired up with another person from our group and worked together to create two magazine covers.

The brief was to produce 2 covers – each cover would have the same content, meaning the only difference would be in terms of the actual design itself, such as the layout.

There was a range of different things we had to think about before jumping in to the designing stage. In our pairs, we discussed: the journal format – what size we wanted it to be; the graphic approach we would take – whether we wanted it to be visually dynamic, quietly thoughtful or if it would indicate the journal content, for three examples; the title – we decided on wanting a simple but descriptive name; a masthead – whether we wanted a consistent design of title or whether we could afford for it to vary while still retaining its identity; and of course, the cover design and layout – we talked about what we actually needed on the cover. Finally, we had to pick from the following topics to base our magazine on:

  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Contemporary Textiles
  • Creativity in Wales
  • Philosophy
  • Cycling
  • Astronomy
  • Humorous Fiction
  • Natural History

We chose, cycling.

We started by looking at other already existing magazines and found that a lot of the titles were short, often one-syllabled, and catchy names. For example, some key magazines that are popular and well-known include: Vogue, Time, Look, Forbes, Shout and Elle. We also looked at bike magazines, and found that probably the biggest one out there was, Bike.

The name that we decided on, for our own magazine cover was, RIDE.

We knew that we wanted to create something unusual and eye-catching, which still followed the general rules of a could magazine or journal cover – we decided to do this through being experiment with the graphic approach and making it a visually dynamic piece.

Our overall outcomes were good and received extremely positive feedback from Ray.

Ray mentioned that it would be interesting to try out a different image in the layout in order to see how the rest of the context and layout would work around it. I have tried this out in my own time at home and feel that the cover is very versatile.


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Amber Lloyd

Graphic Communicator

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