You will need to create several different designs for your magazine, considering different layouts for both your text and images before settling on your final design. Each of these designs should be analysed in terms of their pros and cons before you state your final decision. Your initial design created for your survey can count for 1 of these drafts, however the remaining 2 designs for each page should take your audience survey responses into account and show considered and measured changes from the initial design.
You can draw these designs by hand if you wish, then photograph or scan them into your blog post, or you can create a digital version in a program such as Photoshop or InDesign which you would then upload to your blog.
Some good examples of planning and mock ups can be seen below:
You need to experiment with a range of different fonts for your magazine, creating a clear house style that suits your genre and appeals to your target audience. Look at your research and the range of fonts each magazine uses, each of these fonts has a purpose and function and has been selected for a specific reason. Your magazine should attempt to do the same, selecting fonts to suit purpose and create a clear house style.
You will also need to experiment with your Masthead for your magazine, this is the branding for your product and is incredibly important. You should create 3 different Masthead designs and evaluate the pros and cons of each design before deciding on a final piece.
Some great examples of font posts can be seen below:
You will need to create a contact sheet containing all of your photo-shoot photographs, this will allow you to quickly and easily analyse your images without having to upload them each individually to your blog.
If you do not know how to create a contact sheet using Adobe Bridge follow this tutorial below:
Once you have made your contact sheet you will need to assess and analyse your images in terms of their suitability to your magazine.
Some good examples of contact sheets and image analysis can be seen below:
You will need to look at a minimum of 3 locations in your scouts, analysing their overall suitability to your magazine. This is vital to the overall look of your magazine and your should aim to include a minimum of 2 locations in your magazine overall, this will allow your magazine to look varied and allow for a wider range of images.
Some good examples of location analysis can be seen below:
You need to show evidence of pre-planning for your photo-shoots, planning and experimenting with different ideas before your photo-shoot takes place. This doesn’t mean you can only take these images at your photo-shoot, this should provide a guide for your shoot and a clear starting off point for you to experiment with.
6-8 storyboard style images planning your images and poses for your photo-shoot
Your 6-8 image plans should:
Be labelled, indicating the type of shot and lighting to be used
Explain why these planned images are appropriate for your genre and audience
This list of potential props and costume items should be very visual, with images, videos or even soundtracks being used to illustrate why these particular items are suitable for your genre and audience.
Be creative with how you present this, you could use a video fashion show or a interactive presentation to illustrate your props and costume.
To show advanced organisation and planning techniques you will need to provide evidence of forward planning, showing that you took time and effort to pre-plan your photo-shoots and editing time in order to successfully complete your project.
You can do this in a number of ways:
Creating screenshots of calendars to show your shooting schedule
You could create an interactive calendar through Google Calendars