- The brief was to create an independent publication, covering something within a 0.5 mile radius of London Waterloo. I tried to utilise the whole 0.5 mile radius that we had to cover and produced a travel mag called Radius.
When designing the magazine, I wanted it to break away from normal layouts that you see in magazine's like TimeOut. So to do this I used bold colours and bold imagery. For instance, all the images that accompany the articles are all bitmap images. Not only did this make my magazine look bold, but it allowed me to carry a circular theme throughout the magazine. Then when it came to rating the places of interest I though that Radius could be more current and either like something or dislike something. After all, star ratings are good but you don't see them much on Facebook as people are encouraged to either like something or not.
Then when it came to the type, I highlighted it so that it would stand out from the complex background images, thus becoming more legible.
- The cover took on a very simple form. The logo was designed to represent the fact that I was coving a 0.5 mile radius area , hence why the name covers the radius of the circular logo. Then the type is American Typewriter Light representing the print aspect of the magazine.
The Image used is one of Waterloo. I designed it by using a yellow highlighter to make Waterloo stand out compared to the other buildings, and then applied a colour halftone effect to it so that it would tie in with the circle theme my magazine has.
- As you can see, all the reviews that have a thumbs up are brightly highlighted. One feature of the magazine though is that if there is a bad review, then the magazine makes it hard for you to read the artical, similar to what David Carson did for the Bryan Ferry article that he found boring.
- For one of the spreads I thought Radius could have a spread dedicated to the location and the price of the places of interest. The highlighted text only covers the actual places where there is type because if the colour had gone across the whole column then the design would have looked too uniform, which is the thing that I was trying to break away from in the first place. Also I have blacked out the info for the places that have bad reviews so that the page links back to the magazine's content.
- Although we were asked at uni to just create a magazine, i thought that it would be great to create an app to accompany the magazine. So with this, below are just a few images of the app I created of which the design took into consideration the look of the magazine.With the app I wanted it to allow people to contribute to its content. So with this in mind, i thought that it would be good for people to add the reviews, of which would be added to a map of which all users would be able to see.