Zine: a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter
When this project was introduced I didn’t know the terminology ‘zine’ but I have heard of mini-magazines that are sometimes inside the actual magazines. What makes this final project different is that we are going old school by searching a persona, making a mood board to inspire the design process of the zine that would include a sense of style with a color scheme and type faces. Coming up with a topic for the zine was difficult, during my mood board process I started searching for inspirations. I actually listed all things that I’m interested in so that I can pick between them. I have noticed that most of them are related to traveling and escaping reality.
Persona: Zines are directed to a specific audience that have the same interests. In this case, my persona is students studying aboard that want to travel, escape reality, with a budget. I believe that everyone is able to have the best experience traveling to an exotic destination while doing the most amazing activates.
I first started by searching articles and blogs of people recommending the best locations for a spring break or a weekend getaway. As well as the advising steps to travel, and how and what to pack. Afterward, I have started creating my spreads by hand in the form of collage. Hence, I collecting and printing photos of exotic destination and experimenting with different patterns with vibrant colors and illustrations. Playing with a range of colors was crucial for my zine because the colors represent ‘escape/nature and traveling’. Here, I am able to emphasize excitement also adding the mysterious effect by covering certain areas of the images with unexpected patterns.
The cover page, I have made it a little unusual by having it cropped to reveal the next page of the zine, which is an image. It’s a juxtaposition of how I have created the rest of the zine with the patterns and colors covering the image and not revealing. As for the title of the zine, I have named it ROAM, because the initial idea is that there will be different volumes of the zine and each one including specific content about traveling.
The content that we were asked to include are two articles so I have chosen two that I believe would be useful for a traveling guide with a budget. The first was steps for planning the next getaway and the second was a packing guide. I have already planned during my mood board process that I wanted to include mini spreads inside the zine to include the articles. I believe by adding this technique, it will grab the audience’s interest and it adds an element of surprise.
The production process was such a struggle because the spreads are made by hand it was really difficult to scan and reprint the spread back to back. There are no bleed marks so the registration did not match. After many trials, I have managed to register the spreads 5mm off. Another issue was the colors when reprinting they became dull and ruined the whole tone of the zine. I have tried to edit the scanned spreads to make it vibrant again but it didn’t work 100%. Overall the experience of creating collages and putting it down by hand was at first difficult because collages are unplanned. However, I believe experiences this old technique was a learning process and meaningful in creating a new design.