Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Free Magazines

Pitch Idea (Jack Green)

Click on image for Jack's pitch.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Magazine Names

  • Q
  • NME
  • Mojo
  • The Source
  • XXL
  • Vibe
  • Spin
  • Billboard
  • Blender
  • Paste
  • Wire
  • Loud and Quiet
  • Uncut
  • Mixmag
  • Rolling Stone
  • Metal Hammer
  • Kerrang
  • Classic Rock
  • Artrocker
  • The Fly
  • Wax Poetics
Defunct titles:
  • Melody Maker
  • Clash
  • The Stool Pigeon
  • Creem
  • Smash Hits
  • Sounds
  • Select
  • The Face 
  • Raygun
  • Record Mirror

Monday, 16 January 2017

12V - Music magazine genres and titles

James - country - TBA
Charlee - hip hop - Graffiti
Harri - grime - TBA
George S. - mainstream - TBA
Ben - hip hop - Heir
Frank - mainstream - Pitch
Izzy - Kpop - A Selcouth Junta
George G. - Indie - Undefined
Alfie - Indie - Clique
Will - Indie - Waves
Alex - Indie - TBA
George A. - hip hop - Coordinate
Cam - hip hop - Guidance
Rhiannon - Indie - Fanxy
Steph - Indie - Blare
Ceri - alt rock - TBA
Rosie - alternative - Virtuoso
Amy - alternative - TBA
Jasmine - alternative - TBA
Nieeve - alternative - TBA

Friday, 13 January 2017


Anton Corbijn
Patrick Demarchelier
Steven Meisel
Terry Richardson
Victor Demarchelier
Arnaud Pyvka
Jan Welters
Emma Summerton
Tony Kelly
Peter Lindbergh
Ellen Von Unwerth
Juergen Teller
Mert & Marcus

Adele by Mert & Marcus
Pharrell by Peter Lindbergh
Tyler, the Creator by Terry Richardson

Magazine Designers

This list will get you started on your research into magazine/ graphic designers. In brackets is an example of their work.

Omar Sosa (Apartamento)
Francesco Franchi (Il)
Albert Handler & Anouk Rehoek (A Guide Magazine)
Jop Van Bennekom (Fantastic Man)
Guido Kroger & Maxime Pintadu (Nico)
Mike Meire & Tim Geisem (o32c & kid's wear)
An Art Service ('sup magazine)
Raffiere AG Fur Gestalung (Kinki Magazine)
Matt Willey (Elephant)
David Carson (raygun)
Vier 5 (Fairy Tale)

Double page image from Kinki Magazine

Colour palettes

Mood Boards

Magazine analysis; cover, contents and double page spread

Colours: Text on Background

Black on white is still the easiest way to present type and to read it and you change that colour at your peril. Using coloured paper, coloured type or a heavy type patch often reduces legibility. In tests carried out by Karl Borgrgrafe (cited in Favre and November 1979) to see which colours worked best together, the following taxonomy of colour mixes was discovered, starting with the most legible, and working through to the least legible.

Black on yellow
Yellow on black
Green on white
Red on white
Black on white
White on blue
Blue on yellow
Blue on white
White on black
Green on yellow
Black on orange
Red on yellow
Orange on black
Yellow on blue
White on green
Black on red
Blue on orange
Yellow on green
Blue on red
Yellow on red
White on red
Red on black
White on orange
Black on green
Orange on white
Orange on blue
Yellow on orange
Red on orange
Red on green
Green on orange

As you can see, black and white comes pretty near the top although the list suggests that a yellow panel behind the black type would improve legibility (which is why important warning signs of danger are usually printed black on yellow.)

From: Designing for Newspapers and Magazines, by Chris Frost, Routledge, 2003

Note: though black on yellow may be more striking than black on white, it is unlikely to be more pleasing in large quantities. Magazine designers have to strike a balance between legibility, impact, and reader satisfaction. Between getting attention, and not being annoying.   CE