Monthly Archives: January 2012

Magazine Layout – Production – Learning activity 1.2

“Produce the magazine layout in Adobe InDesign.
Use your sketches.
Decide on font and color, and use this throughout the pages.”

Here’s my CURB magazine in .jpeg:

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I decided to keep the pages nice and light inside the magazine, in contrast to the dark front and back cover.

Some of the elements have been photo-shopped in advance, and  especially the back cover, where I have used several of the elements given to us.

So, I’m now just about ready to make this magazine ready for print 🙂



Magazine Layout – Sketches – Learning activity 1.4

“In this task, focus on the folder CURB. In this folder, there’s a bunch of elements that can be used in a magazine. Study the elements thoroughly.
You will now have to make sketch proposals  with the following pages:

* Front cover
* Two spread pages inside the magazine
* Back cover

Think dynamics and contrast in the layout of the magazine.
Make a decision as to which layout style you wish to base the layout on; symmetrical, asymmetrical or a mix between the both.
Explain your choice of layout style.”

I’ve chosen to base my layout on a mix between symmetrical and asymmetrical. layout. This is basically because I wanted the magazine to show a youthful style, but still have a clear and symmetrical text symmetry on the two spread pages.

Here’s my sketches:

Contrast will appear more in the final product.









Layout styles – Learning Activity

“Find some front covers of magazines, tabloids and brochures.
Group them in symmetrical layout, asymmetrical layout and combinations of the two.
Which ones stands out? What works best, and why?
Discuss on the forum, and present on your reflective journal.”

I’ll start with my symmetrical findings:


Here’s my asymmetrical ones:

And a combination of the two:

 Symmetrical layout:
It appears clean and direct in most cases, and doesn’t really make your eye wander about too much. It’s efficient in newspapers, where the reader/viewer wants to concentrate on the content, and maybe not so much on the actual impression of the layout. However, add a bit of color into the mix, and the viewer gets a more lively layout.

Asymmetrical layout:
Might appear messy to the viewer, but lively and more youthful altogether.
It’s a bit more exiting for a fashion magazine to use a well shaped asymmetrical layout to draw attention to the cover from the buyer in my opinion.
It also appear more “artsy”, and attracts a more creative eye maybe?

Combination layout:
This is my favorite layout I suppose. It really brings attention around the whole layout, and doesn’t focus on just one aspect.
However, this might also seem a bit messy, but it suits magazines such as National Geographic, music genre magazines and even gossip magazines well.

I find layouts a bit confusing still, and I’m trying to separate between symmetrical and asymmetrical, however, it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Hope I’ve done this correctly anyways.