Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Magazine Cover Construction Task

The task is to construct a music magazine cover in one lesson.
You must do the following:
  1. Choose a magazine name from the list I have provided. This will normally take a long time, hence the prearranged selection.
  2. Decide on a suitable cover star (or stars) of your choice.
  3. Have a quick look at coverjunkie for ideas.
  4. Pick a font.
  5. Include several examples of relevant text.
  6. Add a bar code, issue number, month and price.
  7. Post each stage when you've finished (save each as a jpeg) and give a brief reason for the choices you make (no more than 25 words). 
This is the version I made as an example:

Magazine Names

  • Drone
  • Reverb
  • Deadline
  • MMM (Modern Music Monthly)
  • ARP
  • Resonate
  • The Mix
  • Frontline
  • Riff
  • Rockwrok
  • X
  • Vox
  • Rumpus
  • Turntablist
  • Freak Out!
  • Invisible Jukebox
  • Amok
  • fred
  • Whoa
Choose a magazine name from the list above, don't over-think it, just pick the first one that you like the look of and go with it.

Random Magazine Construction

The following elements were used in the construction of my example magazine cover.

Rick Rubin is a famous record producer (Jay Z, Slayer, Johnny Cash, Adele, Run-D.M.C amongst many others). He was the co-founder of Def Jam records and also established American Recordings.

I cut the image out using the magic wand tool and also slimmed him down slighty. The American part of the tagline is a reference to him and also a nod to his record company American Recordings.

 I cut out a portion of the stars and stripes and pasted it over the I in Rubin.

I think the barcode is slightly too big on the final version. On your magazine choose a barcode that has a random number like the one above and not a 0123456789 one.

The font I chose is BEBAS NEUE. I like the clean lines and crisp style of this font. It matches the overall idea I had in mind for my magazine.

Random Magazine Finished Cover

The Best Sixty Minute Magazine Covers 2015

Key (top to bottom):
  • Hannah Mills
  • Jordan Matlock
  • Sam Bettany
  • Louis Hopkins
  • Christie Townsend
  • Harry Butler
  • Megan Woofenden
  • Jojo Downing
  • Michael Wilson
  • Brad Turner
  • George Mesias
  • Emma Richardson
  • Cameron Letts
  • Tom Brown
  • Sophie Marlowe
  • Rajan Heyer
  • Tom Bontoft

Monday, 25 January 2016

Magazine Cover -Creating A Template

Use the guidelines to measure the size of the different text boxes and other elements such as the bar code and also the space for the image. Try to stick to the same or similar layout when completing your own cover. You can also easily do the same thing for your contents and double page.