step 2: Content & Layout
My next step was to gather images and graphics regarding this topic. It was quite challenging to find images that were copyright-free because this movement is fairly new, but I managed to put some images together that could be used across the print and the digital spaces.
After gathering my content and images, I started to sketch and create roughs of the magazine cover page, the website, and the banner ad. This was quite challenging at first since per the teacher’s requirement we were to create only the front page of the magazine and not the inner pages that displayed content.
Final Step: Comp and Finalization
After deciding on the layouts using my sketches and roughs, it was time to bring colors and font choices into my designs and render them on the computer using Adobe InDesign to represent the final look of each design. this would be my last step before finalizing the project.
With some feedback from our teacher, I ended up taking a different approach and created a rather minimalistic look and feel for the website to maximize readability since our organization offered an electronic version of the magazine to the readers as well, but kept the banner ad and front page of the magazine rather eye-catching by utilizing colors, textures, graphics, and images.