Designed Zine: Final outcome, feedback and changes


There are a lot of things I would change about my zine if I could go back and do this project again. I felt as though my research was extremely lacking throughout and it hindered my work. I feel as though I would have produced a much better outcome if I would have put some more time into looking at other zines and small publications. It would have also given me a chance to decide and figure out if I wanted to take a more fun, interesting approach or look at manuals and more technical publications for inspirations and take my design in that direction. Although my zine had a general theme and idea I feel as though there was a distinct lack of defined direction.

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Designed Zine: Alterations Part 3

This is how my zine looks after all of the previous alterations. I scrapped out the old cover for a design I created using the halftone pattern I made for the centre spread. I altered the dots on in the bottom right corner to spell out “DOTS” in the negative space. I’m very happy with how this turned out and I think it is extremely effective and eye catching. I’m much happier with it than I was with the old cover. It also wraps around to the back cover so it’s not a boring white page like before.


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Designer Zine: Alterations Part 2

After I created the last flat plan I then recreated it in inDesign. I did a booklet print of it at A3 two sided with trim and bleed marks. After I trimmed it I fold all of the spreads and bound them with a saddle stitch to finish off my prototype. after I finished putting it together I had a critique with one of my lectures and some of my fellow classmates. I was already not too happy about my cover since it was rushed and and not very well thought out. This cover that I later scrapped originated from some experimenting I did using letterpress. You can see my experiments here. It didn’t really suit the style of my zine. Something else that was mentioned was that I should remove some elements to free up some whitespace and to remove the page numbers since they wasn’t 100% necessary in such a small publication.


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Designed Zine: Type Selection

When initially thinking about and planning my zine I wanted to aid for readability. From what I have research a basic way of creating pleasing type is to have a good contrast between the body type and the heading type. Since I my zine is quite neutral in tone of voice I decided to choose typefaces that reflect that. For my headings I chose to use Helvetica Neue because it is very neutral, has a great amount of weight variations, styles and clear and readable bold weights for headings. This means it is a great fit for the headings in my zine.

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Designed Zine: Alterations Part 1

After I had gathered all of my source material I would be putting into my zine I was ready to start drawing up my second flat plan. This time knowing the amount of content I would be laying out. I decided to move the full page spread from my flat plan to the middle of the zine so there would be a somewhat of a break between the heavier text filled pages of the zine that surround it. I felt this helps slow the pacing down some and breaks the zine up making it easier for the reader to consume. I also added some visual elements that are not just images. This helped fill out the zine some.


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Designed Zine: Document Setup and Grid

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When setting up the document for my zine I set it to 12 pages at size A5 with facing pages enabled. This means I have an A5 booklet. I set the margin and left the gutter as default as I would be using guides for my grid instead. I also added 3mm of bleed around the whole document as I know I will be having elements of my zine the bleed off the edge of the page.

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Designed Zine: Photography and Content Creation

Due to being quite limited in resources for getting imagery for my zine I had to best utilise what I had available to me. That mainly being my the camera on my phone. I managed to get some okay micro halftones shots with my phone using a small plastic lens I pulled out of an old CD drive. I mounted the lens to a piece of card so it was easier to align and handle.

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Designed Zine: Starting out

I chose to create a zine about CMYK and halftone dots. I thought about what kind of theme and style I wanted it to be in. Since it’s about CMYK I already had a good idea of the kinds of colour scheme I would be using. For the aestetic I wanted to focus on showing the interesting visual nature of the halftone grids themselves. Due to my want to use CMYK halftone imagery I was quite limited in the colours and types of paper I could use because I wanted concentrate on having accurate representations of the colours of the halftones and I felt different coloured paper would take away from that.


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Designed Zine: What is a Zine?

Zines, originally called a Fanzines originated from small production publications made unprofessionally by hardcore fans. They were first produced by Sci-fi fans in the 1930s and have been been enjoyed by that scene ever since. However in the 1970s and 80s there was a huge jump in the popularity of Zines due to the punk scene; especially in the UK.

The rise in popularity was due to the Cheap photocopying, the DIY aesthetic enjoyed by punks and the ability to easily communicate your thoughts on what you’re a fan of to a wide range of people that also enjoy the things you do. It allowed people to create a network for fans across the country. The bar to entry wasn’t super high. Some of these zines gained huge popularity and circulated around the country; such as Kill Your Pet Puppy, Sniffin’ Glue and later on Riot grrrl.

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