Story Spreads

For the story spreads i wanted to make the a bit more normal, but still retain the new grunge look and feel. I used the main colour from the navigation.

Using stylesheets i was able to quickly fill in the content giving it some sort of logical heirachy

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Dseigns started off quite plain and boring, i really wanted to make the spreads more visually appealing to the viewers



The Brief

I propose to redesign  Fortean Times as a more trendy, stylish magazine.

Making it more appealing to the young generations. Focusing on high quality images and a interesting layout to shake up the stale ordinary magazine feel.

I felt that FT’s layout should reflect its content more, for such and interesting and varied magazine, its layout was predictable and tame. I wanted to resolve this, creating and interesting and engaging layout taht reflects the strange, dark, and interein nature of the content itself.

Turning the magazine into a high quality collectible full of interesting storys and images.

How I did this:

Introduce a modular grid system, allowing for a structured layout with variation
Improved navigation, colour coded, page numbers, section markers
Improved graphical styling, more appealing to the younger target audience
Interesting layout, keep views attention
Smaller, more interesting format, higher quality paper
Design a masthead/logo that ties in with the new magazine’s identity

Designing for Print

I didnt find designing for print too hard, i have gotten used to inDesign over time and dealing with CYMK colours at 300 dpi.

Working with a 3mm bleed, printing test copys for bodytext and heading ensured i had the correct sizes, rather then relying on the screen.


In order for the new design to work, it needs to work for all content. While this may  seem harder with a more dynamic layout, the formula is quite simple to replocate for newer issues. Large images, overlayed text and textures, and shaken up text boxes using the NEW MODULAR grid.

I used Paragraph and Character styles for the text, meaning just a click of a button and the text would be uniformally set for the magazine.


Final Magazine

These are images of the spreads used for printing.






As i didnt want to leave a blank page on the back cover i added the logo in and repeated the colour around, normally on an issue there would be a full ad on the reverse.

The image for the cover comes from the Main feature in the magazine, from this i samples the images colours and use this as the main colour theme for the issue, as you can see if the image is dark, a high contrast colour is used.

information about the contents are displayed, as well as sale information and issue number. THe cover trys to emulate th new darker grunger look of the magazine as well as being quite mysterious itself, not giving too much away so people would have to investigate!

The 3rd cover was qutie different, i went for a more typography based approah, using the outline tools in indesign to create the shapes for cover image to go inside the text.

inDesign Tutorials I looked up

 Texturing with InDesign

Texturing is a major part of my design work. Normally i would design the spreads using a combination of photoshop, illustrator and indesign. normalyl adding effects and Textures in post process.

but ofr this project i wanted to focus on using mainly indesign, and importing the images at 300 dpi into the indesign file after making them with PS/AI

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Page Design

With Grid and Typefaces sorted i moved onto creating the style of the magazine.

The goal in my brief was to create a more interesting, stylish look to the magazine, giving it a real underground, grunge feel to reflect its dark side of science

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Contents and my Images

It was important for me to get the content page looking good, it serves as the main navigation aid, colour coded  and page numbers.

The large image in the i made in photoshop, it was inspired by my visual reserach into the subject. Its a x-ray style image of a mysterious bag containing what appears to be a vhs, i left the shape fairly vague to add to the mystique of the piece. I liked the grainy feel to the image and it inspired the look of the promotional billboard adds