Project 5: Digital Magazine Feature
In this project, we use composition, typographic hierarchy, document hierarchy, visual-verbal interaction, expression, color
and system in order to create a digital magazine layout. I decided to choose the treehouse story to turn into a magazine format.
In order to gain a better grasp of grid systems, we identified different grids layouts in existing prints.
I tried two different grid formats in my initial sketches. The first grid format has 3 columns of text while the second grid format has 2 columns of text. The second format also has two-page spreads which allows for larger photos in the composition.
Digital Iterations (Breadth)
When I first converted the sketches into digital iterations, I went with composition 1 and 3 which were both the 3 column format. I was attracted to the 3 column compositions due to how neat and readable the text became. The first composition utilized many large pictures but less frequently. As a result, each treehouse did not get a picture. The second composition had a clearer cover page and utilized many smaller pictures of all the treehouses. Ultimately I decided on working on the second composition for the next stage of the design.
One of the critique I received during this phase of the process was aligning the image size to the 3 column text format. This advice taught me the importance of having elements on the magazine strictly follow the composition layout.
Digital Iteration (Depth)
After I decided on a composition, I began to play with various styles and pictures for the magazine. I made a dark and light composition of the magazine by putting a background image behind the text. The results were not ideal, with the text becoming less legible. Ultimately, I decided not to use the backgrounds.
Further Digital Iterations
After getting rid of the background photos, my magazine became much clearer with the text coming through better. I also made small scale changes such as text size, font, and the color of the subheading in order to create a clearer hierarchy between the text. This is the piece I used for my final review.
For the final critique I got various comments from my peers that I found useful. One comment was the inconsistencies of the orange subheading. Another comment was decreasing the size of the image caption. All these changes were something I included within the final piece
Overall, I believe the final piece for the treehouse magazine was successful in conveying all the information in a clear and aesthetic manner. The 3 column layout remained central to the format of all the elements on the magazine. The orange subheadings created a hierarchy within the text that also popped out by matching the color scheme of the magazine.
During this project, I learned many skills on Adobe InDesign when it comes to arranging text and images. This project also taught me many magazine lingo such as pull-quote, folio, by-line, and body copy. Being able to learn how to arrange text in conjunction with images is a valuable skill I will be able to utilize in the future.