I began this exercise by researching the grids used in different magazine articles. Here are some of the magazine’s I looked at/examples of articles:
I then set about finding out the grids behind the articles by using Illustrator to create lines to reveal possible grid structures. I found this a little harder than expected and it didn’t always seem a straight forward structure:
The Time Magazine Boris article above is a good example of a grid with lots of white space. There’s generous white space before the name ‘Boris’ and then a gap between the heading and body text, even after the main text there’s a gap! I think it makes the name ‘Boris’ seem even more dominant but if I’m honest it makes the body of the article feel very small! They’ve used the title as a substitute for an image and I think it works because the font is such a bold bulky font. There are three columns for the text, which I suppose is necessary due to the volume of the article.
In the Louise Walker article much more space on the grid is given to images, the text sits around it which adds to the feel of things being orientated around the central image. There is a large portion of white space after the main body of text. Here three columns are used and the style is around a Q & A with Louise Walker so the text is ranged left.
I then chose an Article to mimic the grid layout of, as my template for a fake article:
I liked the simplicity and sense of balance in this grid. There’s not lots of different things in multiple boxes but clear division of elements. I was also interested in how the image sat wider than the text columns. They’ve left white space in the bottom half of the page I presume for the readers fingers to hold the page. I made a note of the size of columns, gutter, inside and outside margins, top and bottom margins and then used these to replicate the structure.
I started with the idea for a title ‘Exploring the English landscape’ I guess my main reason for this is I’ve got a lot of photos of travels around England (from Holidays). So it seemed like a good choice to be able to use images without any problems. The first three version are very clearly fitted to the tile, they are idyllic photos of the English landscape in fine weather. An audience might be a walking magazine or national trust readership.
I found the photo below, of a fenced derelict area on Holiday. I felt this might be a nice juxtaposition again the title, and the font which suggests an more ideal landscape, or natural photo. It makes the piece seem like it might be ironic or even looking at the state of England as a country not just geographical points of interest or beauty.
I then tried using an illustration I’d created of an imaginary forest. It gives a different feel to the article again, making it feel more catered to children or to the notion of exploring or adventure, as it has a more playful feel.