As a group, we worked together to design and create a ZINE publication focusing on the theme of ‘The GPS brought me here’ where we all had to each create page relating to this particular theme. Before designing the publication, we researched the possibilities of what our pages could look like and the actual layout of the ZINE through looking at already existing publications (Fig 43) and artists books which would be sold on their own or at places such as a ZINE fair. I looked at how text and images were used along with colour in the Zines and how they were also presented as online publications.
As a group we discussed certain ways in which the publication could be made whether using a new format or an already existing one such as; a chapbook , stapled, folded or even a poster. In the end as a group we chose one of the most basic designs choosing an A5 sized saddle bound book as it was simple, easy to make and no one in our large group seemed unsatisfied by the chosen design as it was so basic.
For my own page, I focused on using a black and white map of Plymouth to relate to the theme of GPS , and through using Photoshop I cut out areas which I had been/mean something to me and replaced them with images from my personal work involving SCIART images of myself and makeup products which I had been using within my own practice (Fig 44). I then placed some text in the centre of the image in Calibri font which reads “How are you connected to it all?”. For this page, although it has more of a personal approach to it in terms of how I’m connected to these particular places in Plymouth, I wanted the viewer to imagine what those places could also mean to them, or even take the question in an entirely different context. The images I placed under the map were very bright and colourful, contrasting with the map and making them stand out as an area of interest. Over all my page was not too overwhelming with colour and although I’m happy with it I feel if I had more time I would have been more careful when cutting and placing my images and possibly have moved the line of text slightly upwards to make it less central.
When we had all finished our pages, we came together as a group and began to arrange the pages together, thinking about compositions and colours (Fig 45), making sure one did not over power the other. As well as this, a small group got together to edit the images to the same size and to make corrections as well as to create the contents page and cover for the publication which also linked into the GPS theme and everyone was very happy with. When printing the publication, we used a printer from the Graphics department which printed the pages together ready to be saddle bound. We used this printer as it printed good quality prints and was free for us to use for this particular project. The publication was printed onto 80 weight paper for the inside pages and 160 weight for the cover which held the book together nicely and gave it a good quality feel. We then folded the pages and put them in the right order ready for saddle bounding and then to be cut with the laser guillotine to get rid of any white edges. (Fig 46)
Overall, I’m personally happy with the publication and the assortment of pages we all put together in a fairly short time as well as the quality of the publication itself , although I think it could have been improved if there were more inserts into the pages which showed that the publications were limited editions as well as it making them more fascinating and interactive.
(See Appendix H for more images)
By Kath Howard (2013)