Photo Story | Magazine Layout Inspiration

On the website http://www.topdesignmag.com/20-magazine-design-layouts-for-your-inspiration/ there are several examples of magazine layouts that work successfully. I have selected a few that I like to analyse:

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Between The Ducks and a Hard Place: I really like this as an opening page because it uses two images that have been combined to make it look as though it’s only one at first glance. The headline covers both pages and despite being disjointed and in different colours it’s easy to read. On the left hand side there is a brief description of what the main body of text will contain which has been placed over the bottom half of the picture. The use of white text on top of the dark blue water stands out. Similarly on the right hand page the text has been placed over the top of a full bleed image.  The pastel yellow and white text stands out on top of the brown. The captioning is also on the far right hand side. Despite the fact that there is lots going on in this image it has been well spaced out preventing it from looking cluttered.

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Change in the feather: The colour scheme of this magazine layout is what stands out the most. The colours in the headline text mimic those in the image on the left hand page which is aesthetically pleasing. The caption for the picture has been put on top of the photo as well as another small picture showing the bird that the close up has been taken of, the choice to layer images is unusual but works quite well is this case.

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Keeping on Track:  The high contrast black and white in this photo is effective especially with the small splashes of colour in the form of the yellow lettering. The image has been made full bleed across both pages. The large amounts of negative space on the bottom half of the photo provide plenty of space for the headline and main text.

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A piece of Pierce: Similarly to the last design this one contains lots of grey, black and white with some bright yellow text. This layout is similar to the kind of thing I’m going to attempt for my own photo story. The full bleed portrait works well because it provides immediate context as to who the article is about. The use of a quote on the left hand page is interesting, as it has been placed right underneath the subjects face. I like how the two smaller images on the right hand side have been placed because they don’t detract from the main image or text. I also like the choice of images, the use of smaller detail shots works well.

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Strangeness by the Sea: Unlike all the rest of the articles I have looked at this article doesn’t start with a photograph on the left hand page. I think that the first thing the readers eye is drawn to is the headline. The photograph has been made full bleed and then goes over the guttering and onto the left hand page which I find helps to link the text and the image together. I think that the choice of colours for the squares behind the headline are interesting because they aren’t necessarily colours that are also in the photograph, however it is still effective.

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