Assignment 3: Theme Presentations
Part 1: MAGAZINE COVER ASSIGNMENT
Students will create a magazine cover embodies their group's initial content and design interests. The purpose of this assignment is to gain the basics of cover design and typography, create an idea bank for future stories, and to present design styles to the group as a spring board for magazine development. Students will receive an individual and group grade for this assignment. Presentations will take place on January 24 & 25. Please refer to this rubric for assessment guidelines.
Definitions you should know for this project:
Logo--A magazine's logo is its name. Logos for companies can be words or symbols, but in almost every case, a magazine relies on the design of its name on the cover to be the recognizable aspect of their business. Think Time, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker...couldn't you see them in your mind? A magazine's name is just as powerful as the Texaco star or the Facebook "F", that's why the design is very important.
Dominant Art--The most important way a magazine can entice a reader is by placing a vivid, striking photo. In most cases, there is only one photo, and the object of that photo isn't on a busy background. It is taken to focus on the object and is most likely taken during a photo shoot.
Cover Lines--These can be plentiful or few, but the purpose remains the same--to give readers small phrases to make them want to open the magazine. For example: How To Be A Geek Dad, Is Facebook a Monopoly?, 50 Amazing New Shoes, The 6 Big Myths About Aging, etc. And, they aren't all the same. Each cover line utilizes text manipulation to keep them interesting and eyecatching.
Assignment 8: The Cover
PART 1: Magazine Cover Study
You've got your logo and you've designed many components for your magazine, so now it's time to get that cover ready for print. Before you dive in, though, inspiration is key. Each group member needs 5 inspiration designs of magazine covers before the group decides the direction to go.
PART 2: Magazine Cover Design Rubric
>> Staff Application
>> Individual Cover Rubric
>> 2012 ASME Cover Winners
>> Magazine Logos
>> Magazine Covers and Cover Lines: An Illustrated History
>> Where Do You Put
The Cover Lines?
>> Mademoiselle Covers through the Decades
>> An Integrated Magazine Cover from the 1990s