The Meat of a Magazine

November 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm (Assignments) (, , , )

I mentioned in the previous post that I would give more details about certain parts of the magazine. I came across information about the front cover and the back cover; and I thought this look ridiculous if I posted about that, so, I’m not. What I wanted to write about were the inside and outside pages.

Inside Pages

These are pages that carry feature articles and are often designed as spreads. The features found on these pages are editorials of information that are relevant to the events occuring in society. The placement of these articles is what differentiates them from other pieces in the magazine. Another aspect of the feature is that it ties the textual message with a visual message to explore a topic or tell a story.

Spreads
Most features are spreads. Spreads are two pages of a publication that are designed as one visual unit. These two facing pages allow for increased design options. With these increased design options are the ability to break and bend design principles like keep white spaces to the outside and consisten spaces beetween related items. There are two types of spreads a photo spread which is mainly photographs and an article spread which is primarily text.

Grids
Grids are used by designers to provide a structued but varied look to the layout of a finished magazine.  Linda P. Morton states that grids are advantageous because they do not require that individual pages be redesigned from issue to issue. One of the best uses of a grid is the baseline grid. The grid is set to your text’s leading size or half of it and then locked in place so that items align horizontally.

Outside Pages
These are pages that are toward the front and back of the magazine, they surround the feature. Readership is improved with these pages because the reader has to pass through these pages to get to the feature and they typically are similar in each issue. For instance, I know that on the page opposite the back cover of every Sports Illustrated there is an editorial piece that is  brief yet extremely insightful.

Front Matter Pages
Simple enough, these are the pages cloeset to the front of the magazine. Commonly found amongst these pages are title pages, table of contents, letters from the editor and the like. The title page is that long list of names and job titles as well and publisher’s name found after the first few advirtisements and the table of contents. The letter from the editor could be considered the preface, it explains why that particular publication was written and produced.

Black Matter Pages
These are the pages closest to the back of the magazine. The items most commonly found in this matter that is undetectable by its emitted radiation (astro humor).  Maybe it’s called black matter pages because people don’t always think to look at or for them in a magazine. What you would find here are all the things found in the back of a book like the appendix, bibliographies, glossaries, indexed, directories, and all that other fun stuff that gets lost in space.

My favorite part of a magazine used to be the feature, now it’s the black matter pages. (in the magazines I read that’s were all the information about designers and pricing of clothing is found)

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