Magazine Spreads Development

Magazine #1 (Enmoladas)

I began by creating a new document in indesign to these specifications.

12.7mm margins top and bottom margin left and right

6 columns

230 mm width by 275 mm height

4.233 mm gutters

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At this stage I had been looking at what images would work best with my layouts, I had realised that even though I did plan my photos I didn’t really do enough research into it previously so I would have taken some photos in a different way. Particularly viewing from above and having the food set up purposely with deadspace for the article to sit in. But anyway I had photos done and I had a vertical image that worked well. I still had to slightly crop the image within indesign to get it to the right proportions.

I had a look online for recipes for the article and I also was sent an a ‘meme’ of reasons why you should drink tequila which I thought I could add in there and keep it light hearted. Eventually I ended up changing the article and using one with directions as well, from

I used a 6 column layout because it allowed me the freedom to use a combination of columns. I decided to use Gill Sans as its a nice clean san serif with a large family, allowing me to use different weights to my type heir achy. After doing some test printing I reduced the body text from 14pts to 12pts as it did look a bit too clunky. I used Gill Sans light in all caps for some subheadings as I find this makes it clear of it’s ‘importance’ as a subheading but doesn’t deter from the more important information in this case which is the body text.

Based on my research and the magazine that I chose, I wanted to keep the same bright colour scheme and also the use of a script font or a slab serif. I used a typeface call Birds of Paradise which I think for an article like this, it works particularly well. Keeping with the mood of the spread and the colour picked orange help connect the two pages.

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Magazine #2,3,4

My other three magazines were all travel articles based on Times Sunday Travel Magazine. So I used the same initial document settings:

18mm margins

5.9 mm gutters

6-3 columns

220 mm width

300 mm height

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Beginning by placing my photo spread across both pages as based on my research. I added place holder text at first to get an idea of the layout

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I wanted to experiment with the typography so I created this header. I wanted to create a neon glow effect as if it was in a night club. I thought this would work nicely as Ibiza is known for its night life.


I wasn’t really convinced by my attempt at neon type and I wanted to try out different typefaces, this one looked good as it seemed like the ruggedness of the typeface went well with the beach environment

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Finally I ended up choosing Orator Std as my heading and subheading, I find this typeface to look quite clean and minimal and works well as a header with its wide tracking.

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I used an article I found on about Cala Conta beach (beach featured on spread). The article fit nicely within the two columns I wanted to set the text in. For the body I used Avenir Next regular at 11 pts and a leading of 15pt (approx… 150% of font size). For the drop cap I used Orator std at 3 lines. I think the text is set correctly and looks good, there are not many hyphens and I dont see any spacing issues.

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I added the sunday times page footer using Avenir Next bold and regular at 8pt. and a caption in demi bold 10 pts.

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I did some test printing to make sure the text was legible and there wasn’t other issues.

For the third magazine I used a 3 column layout.

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I experimented with placing the type in serif and san serif fonts but ended up reverting back to Minion Pro because of a couple reasons. Going back to my research I noticed that on both the travel mag and food mag both sometimes placed text heavy articles in a serif font even tho predominantly the magazine is uses a san serif font.

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Placing the type at 13 pts. The layout of the images worked alright but I decided to add a white stroke to the images on allowing for them to sit separately and have a bit of a margin in the middle of the magazine for future printing and placing in the magazine.

The fourth magazine I decided to try out something a little different and use white space to keep the design very minimal.

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I wrote an article with the help of as reference to their ‘Top 5: Sunset Strip Bars’ article. I wanted to keep it short. I set the type at Avenir light opts. I intentionally wanted to leave the text very light. The drop cap used Orator std like the header.

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I wanted something to connect the spreads so I experimented spreading the header over the middle. I then got inspired by my soundcloud app and used a black rectangle shapes around the text of the header and inverted the type to white. I think this worked well, connecting the spreads and works in balance to the positive and negative aspect of the layout.

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