The brief was based around producing a paper based magazine called ‘Star Shot’ which is aimed at informing, enlightening, educating and entertaining an audience interested in real world and fictional spaceships intended for interstellar flight. My task was to design the first and second issue of the publication.
I decided that I wanted to produce my own masthead and focused on simple line drawing and geometry to render the typeface that would represent my publication. After producing the final type design, I then began researching foiling techniques as gold holds a lot of significance with space, as astronauts use it within their visors and gold itself is thought to have come from outer space millions of years ago. The final masthead design sits along the top of each cover with a gold foil enhancing it, helping to add luxury to the already expensive magazine. The gold is also successful in the sense that when you pick the magazine up it shimmers and reflects the light as you move, which adds a little something extra to the design. Also on each cover sits an illustration I designed for each of the spaceships set against a space themed background, adding colour and depth to each.
When designing the 6 page feature spread I wanted it to flow, when each page was turned the reader would get a sense of it still belonging within the same article. The first double page spread consists mainly of a large piece of artwork on the Klingon D7 with the introductory heading text aligning to various elements of the ship. The second double page spread features the bulk of the body copy text that sits within a 3 column grid on each of the pages. I used a pull quote to introduce the article and placed images strategically to guide the reader’s eye from the top of the left hand page through the article. I found an extra article that I felt was appropriate, on how Jefferies used geometry to construct the cruiser so my third double page spread is made up of text and images from that. I wanted my pages to flow, so continued the grid design onto the final double page spread, and positioned an image bleeding off the page in the same place as the one featuring on page 3.