3A Magazine Cover

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DESCRIPTION
Design a magazine cover that showcases a self-portrait as well as articles about yourself.

PROCESS (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles)

I decided I wanted to do a magazine cover for bicycling. I wanted to have a picture of me with a bike, or at least in cycling attire. I like riding my bike, it helps me get some exercise and I like the rush of the wind on my face. It’s a feeling of freedom.

The process of creating my magazine cover went as followed:
1. I took a piece of paper, divided it into 4 areas and started sketching out some layouts of the title, body text, barcode, and article titles.
2. I then opened InDesign and created a shape map. shape-mapsketch
3. I found the picture I wanted to use.
5. I opened InDesign and created another 8.5×11 document.
6. I fit my image in to fill the magazine cover.
7. I found a good font that would work with BICYCLING, matched the color of the title that I saw on one of the BICYCLING magazine covers.
8. I placed text boxes around the image in appropriate places so as to not distract from the image itself.
9. I saved and exported as a JPEG with 150 ppi, which you see above.

CRITIQUE PROCESS
I posted my magazine cover on Facebook and received feedback from Sierra Hathaway. She suggested that I choose different font colors, which I did end up doing. I also got some feedback from Jason Stucki regarding the fonts, I went ahead and changed some of those as well. He also mentioned increasing the margins. I did that as well.

MESSAGE
I appreciate cycling and want to show my enthusiasm for the sport.

AUDIENCE
People who enjoy riding bikes.

TOP THING LEARNED
Make sure you don’t accidentally delete your draft!

COLOR SCHEME & COLOR NAMES
Complementary // Red, White, Green, Black

TITLE FONT NAME & CATEGORY
Bebas Neue // San Serif

COPY FONT NAME & CATEGORY
Egyptian Slate Std // Modern/Serif

THUMBNAILS OF ANY ORIGINAL, UNEDITED IMAGE(S) USED IN THE PROJECT

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SOURCE OF EACH IMAGE (website name and hyperlink)
The image is my own.

3 thoughts on “3A Magazine Cover

  1. His this is Sarah. Great job on your magazine cover! I like the picture that you chose. Who is with you on the cover? My husband is always trying to get me to ride bikes with him. I like how you utilized the entire cover of the magazine. The placing of your picture, title, headlines, ect. looks perfect! Here is the link to my blog https://funtodesign.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/magazine-cover-featuring-me/ Here is the link to Rebekah’s blog https://bekasmusic.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/21/

  2. Hi Chris,

    I really liked the changes you made to your magazine cover. Changing the fonts and their colors really helped contrast with the images. Also, for your process of making your magazine was very nice. I liked that you looked at other magazines as well before making yours. I find that looking at other works similar to what you are working on really helps creating things.

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