So my Zine is nearly done… time to dress it now a.k.a put front & back covers on!
I wanted to use a cigarette packet in the design somehow, and at first was just going to draw a cigarette packet design onto the covers BUT then a more interesting idea jumped in and took over; a cigarette packet as the cover! I wasn’t sure how it would work so made a couple of nets:
When I had worked up the courage, I decided it was time to take the plunge and make it out of the actual card:
It took me half an hour to make EACH box! I was frustrated to say the least…
… managed to make 5 though
I then sharpie’d the designs on…
… and then glued them all together with my glue gun:
Et VOILA! All finished! Ahhhh it feels so good to have them done! What do you think?? Like? Dislike?
I’m hoping to take some better pictures of these soon… hopefully they come back from assessment in one piece or I might actually cry! I’ve got my review at 9am… I’ll let you know how I get on!
Printing my zines wasn’t as smooth as I hoped it would be…
You remember that lovely paper I told you about in my last post? Well I couldn’t use it because it wasn’t actually A4 – It’s a weird size; A4 length but not width! So I was pretty angry about that!!
And I nearly printed my whole batch of zines with one of the wrong pages in place….
… it was a close call! Thankyou to Dani who made me realise my mistake just in time!
After all the stress I managed to print everything out
And then began the trimming….
… it took actually FOREVER! But it was worth it when I had 5 zines all cut out and folded:
Next came the binding! I used to love book binding at college so it was nice to re-visit an old skill
Just went for a simple stitch…
… and next up is the front & back covers – the difficult part!
… a.k.a getting in the Zine mood!
I wish I could get paid to blog but I don’t think it’s really a job is it? Nevermind
Working on the most confusing part of the whole Zine process right now – Imposition/pagination! Scary words right there but put simply, page order – a lot harder than you think! I’ve made it a bit harder for myself too because my Zine is A6 size – A5 size open as a double spread. The majority of people in my class are doing an A5 size Zine which means that they can quite easily print on A4 and then fold it in half. I like a challenge… haha
With the subject of my Zine being Smoking, I have taken an Anti-Smoking voice due to my personal views. However, the brief required creating a narrative style so I have kind of divided 4 different sections in my Zine:
1. Starting smoking – the appealing factors
2. Realising the downsides
3. How it feels to quit/ Life post-smoking
and 4. My negative views on smoking.
I photocopied a selection of my page ideas to create the first draft of my Zine and arranged them into a Zine form…
To help get my head around printing the final thing, I’ve made a dummy copy Zine with page numbers…
…and drawn a layout grid so I just need to add the thumbnails of the pages and make sure I’ve got the right mix of pages and also in the right order! Keepin’ it simple!
I’ve also chosen my paper stock! On Thursday we had progress feedback sessions with the tutors and the points suggested by Chris included using more imagery & faces, having a proper ending, showing the difference between my voice & the smokers’ voices and to add some colour. I think that the best way to add some colour is to use coloured paper because I want to keep my type-llustrations simply black.
I have chosen a light yellow (due to the title of my Zine – Yellow Fingers – and also because it’s the kind of colour smoker’s teeth and nails go!) and a light grey (because it reminds me of the ash left by cigarettes) but I think I will still use some white paper too.
My Zine is going to end up being quite thick (48 sides in total) so I think I will be just sticking to a simple binding method like saddle stitch just to avoid anything going wrong! Haha
I am sooooo keen on the latest Visual Expression project to make a zine – my fave project so far!
For those of you who don’t know what a zine is, it’s a handmade, mini magazine which has a small print run of usually 500 or less. They are usually quirky, controversial and very experimental so the complete opposite to the Magazine project (for which I received some quite good feedback in a critique on Friday afternoon – grade to be continued!) I had for the Graphic Design module before christmas!
I first became aware of zines back in 2010 when Llymlrs, a Graphic Design student whose fashion blog I follow, made one… never thought I would have the time to make one so having it set as a project is just perfect!
I don’t do enough quirky design; I find my design style to be very clean and neat but I actually really do like messy, weird design! I’m hoping that my choice of the smoking culture community (the subject of the zine is a community which we had to choose and research over the christmas holidays) will allow for a lot of weird, dirty and wonderful experimentation!
I have sooooo many ideas already – ahhhh sooooo excited about this project it’s unreal! Oh and another great thing about this project is that we have to blog our progress! Zine + Blog + Tasha = LOVE
This post is actually REALLY late in the project – the deadline is actually this Thurs (24th)! Oops! Been having too much fun!
Here are some photos of my typographic illustrations which are forming the basis of my zine…
All laid out on the kitchen table – 9 A3 pages = 36 A5 illustrations!
Watch this space for more… and the chance to buy one maybe?