Wednesday, 30 March 2011

New Logo and Merchandise Ideas

I have come up with a new logo for my magazine, I went off Pelican, and have renamed it Owl magazine instead. I prefer the look of this logo and it also means I can change the colour of it depending where it is used. As well as the mag I am making a few bits of merchandise. These will mainly be used for the degree show, but I am planning on making one of each item by the time I hand in. The apron is going to be screen printed with the owl picture and the notepads will either be screen printed or I will get stickers made with the logo. They are just designs at the moment, but when I get proper ones made I will post up the photos. There will also be more page layouts to come shortly.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Edited Page Layouts

I had a very helpful tutorial last week, lots of constructive criticism which is good I think. I have a lot to do to make my pages better and they have changed quite a bit since the last post. The main feedback I got was:

The borders aren't necessary, use of colourisation needs to be better (ie. I had lots of clashing colours!), make more use of white space, find fresh fonts, move some of the page titles around to mix it up a bit.  It is amazing what another pair of eyes can tell you!

Other suggestions included: Making the owl smaller on the bird wordsearch page, giving the child more space to draw. Using the butterflies and caterpillars across a double page, and using the green panel with butterflies on, on a separate page.

I have also changed the page size so it isn't A4 as I thought it would make it more bespoke.

And after taking all the advice on board, here is what I have come up with . . .

Monday, 21 March 2011

More Pages

Here are some more pages that I spent last week working on, I think I am nearly half way so getting there!

Monday, 14 March 2011


So I think it is time for another update on my magazine, here are some page layouts I have been working on. Making a magazine is a lot more challenging than I thought but I think I am beginning to get the hang of it! They are all double page spreads, and I have taken some of the advice on board from my last tutorial (to fill in sections of the fish picture with black). These aren't finished but I hope I am close as there are a lot more pages to go!!

Friday, 4 March 2011

Caterpillars and Butterflies

Here is a fun little puzzle I have made for my magazine. You have to count them to see if there are more caterpillars or butterflies.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Examples of Page Layouts

This is an example of what one of the double pages might look like. I have done one with the pelican flying across the page, and another with just the simple page numbers. However, after all that drawing I have a horrible feeling it looks better with the standard page numbers! I am going to play about with it a lot more before I decide on what to do.

More Pelicans!

To make my magazine more fun I am using my Pelican as a character who will appear on every page, working as an indication of where in the magazine you are. For example on the first page, the pelican will be standing on a post. On the second page he will be taking off,  and on the third he will flying etc etc. The images will be quite small on the page, so I hope these will work in that context. My plan is to put the page numbers on the tree stumps.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Pelican Logo Ideas

These are the ideas I have come up with for my logo design, which will be used on the front cover of the magazine and merchandise etc. I have kept the colours simple so that it will fit in with most colour schemes and I have included one on a blue background to show this. I am having trouble deciding which one is my favourite, but I think I am swaying towards the one with the stripy L. Any suggestions?