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Progress in the magazine production process

I love my internship a lot, but I’m really grateful I’ve got the week off. It’s allowed me to work an extra day (which will help me pay off my deposit on my new room) and I can now work solidly for 4 days in a row and crack on with my major project.

I’m well aware I’ve been neglecting this blog, so I thought I’d share a little bit of what I’m working on and my makeshift approach to magazine production.

I started off making some sketches of what I wanted the designs to look like. If you look here, you’ll see a lot of squiggly lines and doodles. I originally had a much different approach which included a lot of illustrations of yarn, buttons, and craft supplies.Image

I’ve scrapped that idea, but kept a lot of the structures of my pages.

I don’t have a graphic design background, so much of what I do is based off personal experience and will power. I want to be a designer, but I realised it too late to get a formal education in it, so I’ve been doing what I can to get experience here and there.

So, once I had my initial sketches, I had to commission some material. I’ve been contacting friends and friends of friends for the past three months. It’s been up and down and I’ve learned who is reliable, and who isn’t. I’ve also had to make contact and do a bit of the legwork myself when it comes to writing (that’s both literally and figuratively speaking).

I’ve also put together a bit of a flat plan, which lays out which pages are ads, which ones aren’t, and what goes where. The flat plan also went through about 10 different versions. Here’s a later one:Image

But since then I’ve started converting all of my InDesign document into a PDF and printing that to make a flat plan. My most recent one looks like this:


As you can see, it’s much easier to decipher, and I can actually see what the pages looked like when I was at that stage. These previews are from the 13th and I’ve already made a LOT of changes. I don’t yet have an updated flat plan though.

Today a lot of what I have to do includes preparing a briefing for my illustrator friend, thinking of questions for an interview with a local haberdashery (hopefully they’ll entertain me), emailing artists for hi resolution pictures of their work, and finalising the page layout for one of my articles.

It’s pretty varied, but involves a lot of emailing and interacting with people, which I wasn’t expecting. I’m not usually comfortable with calling up/emailing people when I’ve got seemingly no authority, but it has to be done.

Tomorrow I think will be the biggest challenge of them all. I’m going to make my way around to some local shops and see if any of them are willing to advertise in my magazine. I can only hope they say yes! I’ve got 9 full pages and 2 double page spreads to fill.

More than anything though  I really hope it’s not raining tomorrow.


2 thoughts on “Progress in the magazine production process

  1. Hello there! I’m new to your blog. In fact, I’m at my internship right now researching ideas for the most affective flat plan layout. I’m currently interning at a parents magazine and I find it pretty cool that I came across this article. I’m a graphic design student working under the magazine’s art director so, I really want to hit my mark with this. I’m thinking a flat plan binder of some sort to save paper. But I really don’t know. Anyhow, keep up the great work and good luck at your internship!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! While it’s been a while since I worked on my magazine, the flat plan was one of the hardest parts, but was really useful in the end when trying to lay out the magazine. I wish I had more tips to pass on to you, but as mine was a one-off project with myself as my own manager, I don’t have too many words of wisdom to pass on. I kind of muddled through it all. What I would suggest it just making sure that you put dates on everything, so you know what’s the most up-to-date.

      Good luck with everything!!

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