Unconventional Magazine Cover

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This design is an attempt of an unconventional magazine cover design. It is still has all of the normal elements of a magazine such as a masthead, cover lines and a main image.

The first element that I made unconventional was the masthead. Usually a masthead is bold and stretches across the top of the page to create an identity for the magazine. This one on the other hand is split into two different sections across the top and bottom. This makes it look uncomfortable on the page and uncomfortable to read and look at making it very unusual for a masthead. In addition I tried to create a visual meaning for the word Parallax, this is why there is a faded version of the masthead behind the original.

Moving on the one cover line. This is different from other magazines because the main cover line is supposed to sit together and form a sense of hierarchy for the rest of the cover. With this design, it is the complete opposite. The cover line is spread over the whole of the page making it difficult for the audience to know where to look and be drawn into first. This is also intensified by each word being in a different font. Secondly, I used some expressive type with the word lost. None of the letters sit on the same baseline making each letter feel lost from each other and in addition to this I have inverted the stroke and font colour to make it feel lost from the rest of the cover line.

In general I feel this is very unconventional for a magazine cover but looking back I could change a few things, the first being using garish colours that compliment each other making it even harder for the audience to look at and create and identity. I could have also done something to the main image so it is very distorted that people struggle to identify what it is and that it links to the main cover line like it should do on a conventional magazine cover.

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Jacob G-D

Hi!! I'm Jake, I am 20 year old and a Graphic Communication student in my second year currently at Cardiff Metropolitan University. On this blog I will post snap shots and explanations of my work during my time at university.

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