Here’s a reminder of the thumbnails I drew that were my starting point for cover designs:
Cover Versions 1-5:
For this series of draft covers my idea was to create a strong contrast image with the texture of a printing press/overprinting process. I wanted the typeface to be the central thing that drew someone to pick up the magazine so left no indicators of what the magazine might contain in terms of articles. I tried to play around with arrangement of the text to help the cover look more dynamic. I think that versions 1 & 2 achieve this best, as the enlarged text of versions 3 & 4 reveals some of the balance issue my font has (not the best bit to highlight).
Again with more time/in revisiting this I would change the font colours, maybe dial down the contrast between the background and the text to see if that makes the Cover feel more appealing.
Cover Versions 6-13:
For the following cover versions I tried to use the circle as a reoccurring shape to give the context. The circles were cropped/cut in Photoshop from photo’s I took at various locations of typography related machinery or publications. The photos are of: two typewriters, Victorian printed newspapers, metal type in trays, printed slab serif posters, a printing press, a pub window with a wood type font.
I feel like the images work well as a visual hint to the content of the magazine and also help the typeface feel more balanced as there’s a link between the printing press and the wood type font which inspired the font.
You’ll notice as you look down the page that the initial set of these designs is black & white. I felt black and white might create a more sophisticated feel. But actually it looks quite cold and uninviting. I think the circles look cold because there’s a blue tint to them, I’m not entirely sure how to tweak that. But I think of the black & white covers version 8 is most effective, with the rectangle behind the type the letters are made very clear, and punchy!
I decided to try a coloured version of this cover, using a sepia tone I thought might be a good way to hint at an older style, maybe even old publishing or printing. I think the result is a much warmer, inviting cover design.
I wanted to try incorporating some colour into the cover beyond sepia/grey so placed the multi coloured typeface I’d used in the first cover drafts. As a jpeg image the colours look a lot colder than they actually are in the image. I think the colour lifts the image and draws the eye to the typeface. I played around a bit with moving the circle and the shape behind the text to balance the cover more.
I can’t quite decide between Cover 12 or 13. I feel like the Cover of 12 has a bit more space, room to breath having the rectangle behind the word ‘type’ removed. But then again the rectangle feels like a bit of an anchoring point?
Cover Versions 14 & 15
In these last draft covers I tried incorporating the ‘neon’ version of my typeface. I thought perhaps a high contrast of black textured background again the text might be eye catching. It certainly is, but I think it’s quite jumpy and doesn’t give any nod to the measured, analytical approach of true typography.
This final draft cover is the beginning of creating the thumbnail I’d drawn that had a wild west theme. I would continue the cover, to have the typeface on the desert floor, a cactus, the sun and a drop shadow off the text. But I don’t have the time to try creating that (plus I don’t think I can really do that justice), so I’ll leave it there for now.If you’re wondering why I don’t feel like I can do the neon and western style justice, see the crazy skill of these neon designs below:
Next post I’ll discuss the articles/inside magazine pages and the complete assignment…