For my magazine I wanted to portray something edgy. I tried to capture an alternative feel of London. For the cover I wanted to focus on the man covering his face with his hand and the “Going Underground” title in the middle of his palm. I wanted this to mimic the effect of him throwing the story at you, kind of like an “in your face” story. I also liked the photo because the green tint in the background, the shadowy contrast in light and the subtle pop of posters on the wall which complimented other design elements I repeated throughout the magazine. I then chose red, tan, white and black to develop a color scheme.
For the second page, I kept it minimal with a block countdown for the albums and limited my colors to green gray and black, following the colors I chose. I then used line work to add an alternative flare to the page. I did this because lines are the key design component in my overall design. The line work matches the story spread and again in the picture used to begin the article. For the story spread, I used a different variety of lines to mimic patterns on a map while the pictures represent stations that the train would stop at. I also thought including different kinds of lines and colors would make it appear more edgy. I gained the idea to use lines as the key element because of the tunnel picture I used for the beginning of the story. I was inspired by the green lines on the sides of the tunnel and the lines across the floor. I also really liked the circle you could see in the photo (which was actually going to be the original design. I wanted to repeat the circle trend in the story spread but couldn’t figure out how to make it all work. That’s why I used the lines to connect everything into a map.) For the title, I found a font that could somewhat repeat the little boxes which made up the green lines on the wall while also matching the floor. I positioned it in a way that would feel as it you’re waking down the tunnel and the light is shining straight down on it. I based the color palette off this picture too because I liked the way the posters and signs/text on the walls came together. For this section, I chose to write the beginning of the story on the wall to imitate the black text sign that is to the its left. I also thought that the text added a balance between both page since the posters on the left side are more eye catching/weighted toward that side. For the side bar element I chose to do posters because posters were present and held visual cues in the beginning spread, plus I just thought the poster looked cool and would fit the edgy, alternative persona of my poster.