- The interactive design process
- Making design decisions
- Selecting typefaces and fonts
- Gathering design influences
- Designing nameplates
- Full-bleed layouts
- Partial bleed layouts
- Open-space layouts
Skill Level Beginner
- Every magazine has a unique voice, and design is the visual expression of that voice. In this two part series, you'll learn some of the many principles and techniques of magazine design, starting with the cover. The cover has a lot of work to do. It sets an expectation. It's the single page on which you establish the mood, the tone, the vibe of the entire magazine. Hi, I'm John McWade, and I invite you to join me as I design a magazine cover from start to finish.
I'll step you through the process of setting a nameplate, finding the best typefaces for you, and establishing a design style that's expressive, flexible, and repeatable. This is a live project, so along the way, I'll describe my thinking and my decision-making process.