Impression Studio: Publishing Unbound, Magazine analysis workshop


Today in our studio we met with Angharad to discuss and analyse magazine articles and covers. The first thing we did was to go through the anatomy of a magazine and talked about the content (names of things) on the cover and in articles.


We then split into groups of 2 and each analysed a magazine cover and double page spread. Me and Danni Jordan were in a group together and decided to analyse ID Magazine issue number 334. We looked at how the cover has its type orientated to go down the left side of the page instead of along the top like most magazines, we also noticed that the cover line (short bio of what is in the magazine) used a very interesting method to make the viewer sort of work out what is in the magazine by simply asking “Who run the world?”.

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We then analysed a double page spread in the magazine that had two large photographic images on each page with a paragraph citing all those involved in the process of the work.

towards the centre of the pages there is also a box with text on either page with a short q&a with the women photographed that is running down the image in the same was as the cover. The photo’s are very much the main point of focus in this DPS it seems as if someone has taken the photos and cut them up then scanned them into photoshop. I think the designer has also utilised some other material with strong texture by scanning it into photoshop and making it a bit transparent this gives it a much stronger collage aesthetic.

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This workshop today was great and I think it will come in handy to know more about magazine layout design in the studio project.




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