I printed my designs onto low quality a4 paper to see how the design looks after printing, with emphasis on the quality of the images and how the type sits on the page.
Generally I liked the overall outcome of both the front cover and the double page spread. I was slightly worried about the image of the article behind the bikes and the Lambretta logo being pixelated and would show the important elements of the article. However, after printing and looking at the result, I feel everything is in order, and even though the body text of the article isn’t readable, it gives it a dated and worn look. The contrast in colours from black and white to red white and blue shows a revival from past to present.
I first looked at the dimensions of the margins around the edge, noticing the white space giving the design a clean modern feel. This is important for me to understand the dimensions in order to replicate it accurately in my design.
The column width of the body text is important, as I earlier noticed the 4 grid layout used throughout the magazine. The column width is exactly 50mm, with a 2.5mm gap until a small stroked line divides the next column, 2.5mm between.
When implementing this into a digital design, I kept the same dimensions used for the front cover, and then changed the margins and columns to the measurement shown in the above images.
I moved a guide down to the bottom of the page, and then moved it 6mm vertically at 90 degrees, to show the baseline of the running foot of the document.
After getting my main structure in place, it was quite easy to then proportionally insert a framed box in which my image will sit. I want to use the rule of thirds that can be seen throughout the magazine, bleeding over the two pages.
The grid also gave me good structure to insert text which I outsourced from an article on the internet. Copying a big bulk text from the internet into a text box made it overflow, and in order to be able to change the style of the whole text, i used the little red box to draw a new text box. This meant that any changes I do to the point size or line spacing will effect that column too.
ADDING DROP CAPS
I added a drop caps to give more emphasis to the article, drawing the audience in and inviting them to begin reading the article.