Category: Cover page

I am happy with my magazine and feel that I have managed to make it look reasonably professional. I have gone through and checked spellings and made sure that none of it is hyphenated and I have checked the spacing so that nothing is too close or too far and that everything lines up and that nothing is unintentionally “on the wonk”.

After looking at the overall view of the Cover Page I slightly shifted some of the text on the right so that it lined up neatly. I think this looks better as most cover pages of magazines have text that line up. One more tweak that I need to make is the text about the website, I want to  move that up slightly so that it isn’t lying completely on the bottom of the page. In realistic terms it would mean that it is less likely to be cut off during printing if there is a slight error that cuts of the bottom text. By moving it up a little bit it means that it is more visible as well as reducing the risk of it being sliced off in printing.

After looking at the exported picture of the cover page I noticed that the image was pixilated because it was tilted slightly while in Indesign, so I went onto Photoshop and tilted it on there then placed it band into Indesign so that the image was smooth. I also adjusted some font sizes and shifted some of the text on the right hand side of the page.

I have made quite a large change to this edit, I have re-arranged the  list of band names and made them smaller, I have also changed the fonts as well as moving the Amos story to the right side of the page. I have also moved the website address to the right and changed the font to black as I think it stood out too much in red, but in black it works better as it is subtle but you can still see it. Also after looking closer at MOJO magazine’s cover I saw that it had a small amount of text talking about if there is no CD to contact the newsagent, I liked this feature so added it to my cover page as well in a small size 8 grey font. This is so that it is readable but not a main feature of the page but is merely small print. I think by adding this it has made my magazine more professional. The font that I have changed my text to is Commerce SF for the larger text and Diamond Heavy SF for the sub text. I have changed to these fonts as I think they are more suitable for my target group as they are quite masculine fonts. I have also tilted the image and made it larger so that it all fits on the page. I have also changed the text of “Inferno’s Top 10 Albums you MUST own!” to “10 Albums you MUST own!” as this is snappier and has a more suitable mode of address.

Only a minor change made, I have now added another title story. This one is a female “artist” so that I can use a picture that I took of my sister during a photoshoot done half a year ago. I thought I would use “Alice down the rabbit hole” as my sister is called Alice and the first thing you think of when you here Alice is “Alice in Wonderland” so I used down the rabbit hole as a reference to this.

I’ve added another title story “Amos, Mike Knee remembers the band that was”. Amos is a band that a few of my friends are in, originally I had planned to use their logo but I couldn’t get hold of hit so instead used Fluffy Slacks BTN as the font for the band name. I used this one as it is the nearest I could get to their band logo. I’ve also added in a line saying “Even more online at” as most magazines have a website so that people can contact them and advertise in the magazine.

I’ve changed the “10 page special” to “Inferno’s top 10 albums you must own!” because I think it’s more suitable and I’ve noticed that lots of magazines will have a top 10 something. I have also moved the text under the barcode to make it more central.

In this edit I have re-arranged the sub stories on the left by moving them down and changed the font to Constantia and Candara, I have also moved the “Gig Guide” down to make room for a “10 page” special. I also rotated the barcode to make space.

I have moved the free CD sticker to the top left corner so that it is in the optimal viewing section when on the shelves as it is the unique selling point. However the peeled back effect needs some work, I intend to make the text go under the “flap” on the sticker to make it look more realistic.