What went well?
- I really enjoyed writing up the interviews with Jools and Ian, and taking their ucompanying photographs. I’m really happy with how both spreads turned out, I feel they look professional, simple, and would appeal to my target market in both terms of content and visually.
- I also enjoyed putting together the cooking recipe feature and the street style double page spread. I think that the fashion feature looks similar to a spread taken from the pages of Cosmopolitan or Look magazine. I’m happy with its overall layout, and I liked creating the outfits myself using Polyvore. The recipe double page spread was enjoyable to do i terms of shopping for the ingredients, making the food, and comparing my finished products to the ones shown in student recipe books. Using this approach forms a link between what the feature is about and being a student. I’m also pretty happy with how the pages look as a finished spread in Unimag.
What didn’t work so well?
- One of my initial ideas was to have the back cover of the magazine be an upcoming event chart for the readers to use for themselves. Unfortunately, since the end of the university year was approaching when the magazine would be completed, events were limited in number, meaning I wouldn’t have had enough to fill the page.
- Something that not necessarily didn’t work, but I had to limit was the amount of images used in my recipe spread. Throughout the cooking process, I took many photographs that I wanted to use on the pages, but limited space meant I had to restrain from putting many of them in. I did use some of the photographs on the contents page, to highlight one of the main stories in the magazine.
As I had created a magazine, I wanted it to be available for users online. In order to see what that would look like, I decided to use Issuu. I saved my magazine as a print, double page spread PDF, and created an Issuu account for Unimag.
My magazine will be available to a larger audience by being online, and not only for students in the East Yorkshire area. The readers will be able to flip through my magazine on any of their electrical devices, as Issuu is available on smartphones, tablets and computers. The software of Issuu was simple to understand and easy to use, and I’m happy with the way you could easily upload your product, choose a url name, and view it almost straight away.
I used the online magazine uploading software Issuu to present my magazine to an online audience.
Here is the url to see Unimag on Issuu: http://issuu.com/unimag-magazine/docs/unimag1
As the interview was filmed, I had to transcribe the speech into text. I knew that the interview was long in length so I watched it through and identified the man content that I wanted to include in my interview story. I then transcribed it into a word document which I could then transfer into my magazine on InDesign.
I then placed the text into the document, in columns, on Unimag. I made the questions that were asked to Ian green in colour so that the readers can distinguish myself and Ammie from Ian’s responses.
This is a page from the final edit of the magazine:
For Jools’ story, I transcribed the video interview from YouTube and placed the text into a word document. This way I could edit the speech down and select the key parts of the interview so I got the best content into my interview feature. I could also copyedit my own writing more thoroughly by reading it in a word document, rather than typing straight into InDesign.
I then transferred the content into my InDesign document, and edited the textboxes until I felt that it looked professional enough.
I added the images after the text had been fitted. Afterwards, I tweaked the page and the text columns until I was happy with the way it looked.
For Ian’s interview, I wanted to have images showing how he has turned his life around. To indicate this, I got shots of him smiling and laughing, which would give the readers a visual of him being happy and back on his feet after his ordeal. The image I chose for the main photograph was one I really liked of him laughing:
These are some of the other images I captured of Ian during our photoshoot, which I liked:
The reason I chose the photo of him laughing as the main image was because it fits nicely with the topic of the story; uplifting and shows him happy with his life again.
I wanted have a candid image of Jools to be the photo on the front cover. I felt that this type of image would interest passersby to pick up the magazine. Because of the subject of Jools’ story, I also felt that a serious image would fit well with the seriousness of Jools’ real life feature.
I had a number of options to use, but I ended up picking this photograph:
These are the other options I had:
I felt that the two above images were too bland in the background, and the image I ended up using is brighter and has a better colour contrast than the other dark images that I took of Jools.
To set up interviews with the subjects of my feature stories, I approached Jools and Ian face-to-face. I made sure that they were comfortable enough with me publishing their stories in my magazine, and asked if there was anything that was of limits in terms of past occurrances in their lives. Both were comfortable enough with me (and Ammie) to interview them on camera.
Jools was the first interview conducted, on March 11, 2015. I interviewed Ian with Ammie on May 1, 2015. Also on May 1, I photographed both Jools and Ian for their features, which included a 20 minute shoot outside the Hull School of Art & Design’s grounds.
Here are some quick drawings I did of how I want the front and back cover of Unimag to be laid out. After finding a front cover look that I thought would work well for my magazine, I decided to quickly sketch what I plan for it to look like as a finished product.
As I have previously posted, the front cover will feature a candid full body image of one of my interview subjects. The back cover will feature upcoming events happening at HSAD, Hull College, or in the city of Hull, that will be of interest to my target audience: students.
My magazine will be 17 pages in length and will include:
- Front cover (Jools candid image)
- Contents page (with images from stories)
- Student profiles
- Student style (double page spread)
- Interview with Jools (transgender student studying at HSAD; four page spread)
- Student recipes (on a budget food shopping; double page spread)
- Interview with Ian (previously homeless student at HSAD; four page spread)
- The perks of being a student (double page spread)
Why I chose this content:
I wanted the content of my magazine to appeal to all genders, so I conciously decided on what to include in my magazine based on this. To cover all bases, I wanted to have a fashion feature in the magazine, but one that could be of interest to men and women. I also decided to have a page dedicated to student profiles, not just from my university, but from Hull and the surrounding areas. I have picked two graduates and two undergraduates to profile in Unimag, to give a little bit of diversity.
My target audience is university students, so starting with this, I wanted content that would be young and interesting to the target market. Interviews with university students was something I definitely wanted to have in Unimag, mostly because it would help identify a connection to the market, and give a personable, true to life element to the magazine. I asked around with my peers to see if anyone at my university had a story they wanted to be told about their life. This is how I came across the stories of Jools Oughtibridge and Ian Judson, a transgender man, and a previously homeless man who has turned his life around. Because I knew the two men personally, it made it easier for me to set up interviews and ask them questions about their past.
In addition, I wanted to include food recipes that would be of interest to students living away from home. I went from the angle of budget shopping and how easy the recipes are to complete. I think this way the recipes would be appropriate for the target market. The final piece I chose to include in the magazine was a fun, funny and relatable post about the perks of being a student. This spread is light-hearted and I thought it would be a good piece to conclude my magazine with.
I initally wanted to end my magazine with upcoming events in the area, but after some thought, and as we are coming to the end of the university year, events were limited and would have been location specific, also limiting my audience to people in the area of Hull.