Progression of my Zine

I started from using my initial sketch ideas in order to help me to illustrate my final images. I felt that drawing my images out on a separate piece of paper each and then gluing them onto my final A5 booklet was the better idea as it removed the chance for ink to go through the other side of the paper which would potentially ruin the final design of my zine. I used a pencil to outline my typography and illustrations and then go over them with a thin black pen and then filled in the text with a black sharpie as the tip of the pen is thicker. Below are a few images I took whilst I was illustrating the images and writing my typography.

Although it seems very simplistic and easy, it took a long time in order to perfect each page as I needed to make sure I got each letter aligned and of the same size with perfect letter spacing. It was a trial and error whilst using the pencil and then afterwards I would make the final product with a pen. Below are some images of my final product of the zine.

Zine Research

When first given this brief I didn’t fully understand what a ‘Zine’ was, because of this I went away and researched into Zines to find out what they were, examples of zines, why they were made etc. I first found out that a ‘zine’ is a shortened word for ‘magazine’ however they were typically made for rock gigs, football matches etc and were called ‘fanzines’.

Zines are small products that are made typically by hand (no use of digital methods, besides a photocopier) which are then given out/ sold by the creator to ‘fans’. Zines were very popular in the 1930s – 1970s in rock/ punk gigs as it allowed these designers to show off their talents and to express themselves/ their views in a unique way. Sometimes it was with reference to the punk gigs and sometimes it was about other topics such as intersexual feminism, poetry, art & design etc.

These two images above are photographs I took from a punk zine from 1978. As you can see there is use of colour within this and the image look very detailed, this is because this designer used the help of a photocopier, however I have decided to stick to pen and paper, keeping my design clean, neat and simple.zine.jpg

I also undertook secondary research by using the internet to find out examples of zines. The image above shows a zine that inspired me as there are so many different forms of type used within this Zine and this is something I would like to implement into my own design. The reason I like this so much is because it is unique and conveys a clear visual message.


Zine Audience

When I began to brainstorm ideas for my zine I had to choose my target audience as I needed to know who I was aiming it for and why I was aiming at them because this will affect the way I design my zine. My main idea for my zine was ‘inspiration of quotes’ and so I knew that the zine would appeal to a wide age range because many people enjoy reading inspirational/ motivational quotes when they aren’t feeling the best. Due to the solar flare which is occurring – those who are affected by the solar flare would be able to relate to my zine and so they are my ideal target audience.

Anyone from any age will enjoy my zine as I will make the illustrations easy and basic so those of younger ages can enjoy the illustrations and the typography that I will use is clean and basic, allowing those who are older will be able to read the quotations and hopefully will be inspired/ motivated in the tough time of the solar flare.

Zine Evaluation

Visual Communication

When I was first handed this brief in the middle of September I originally thought this task was extremely confusing and difficult. However after some time and consideration I got to grips with the brief and fully understood the task.

My Zine convey’s a visual message by inspiring those that are struggling/ finding it difficult because of the solar flare. I have managed to keep my zine very motivational as during this ‘dark’ time the population will not be the most inspirational and so I feel as though the creation of my zine will help lift people up – metaphorically. Therefore I personally believe that I have successfully met the needs of the brief.

The strengths of my zine would be the illustrations and quotes that are included throughout my product, the reason for this is because my illustrations are basic and are easily recognizable to the audience, therefore they can relate the illustrations to each sub-topic (Time, Love, Nature etc.) The reason I made the illustrations simple is because I wanted to have a broad audience as I wanted everyone who is affected by the solar flare (from all ages) to be able to read the zine and be inspired. The visual message I wanted to portray was to inspire and motivate those affected to stay strong in this difficult time and to show them that things will become better with time. I also feel that the type I used in my zine was varied to an extent which I feel is a good thing as I was able to experiment with different lettering, spacing, size etc.

In order to improve my product I believe I should’ve used different textures and materials instead of just ink and paper. Although I really like the effect it has on the zine as it is clean and aesthetically pleasing, I feel as though I should’ve used alternative materials to make the zine more interactive with the audience. Such as cotton wool, sandpaper, real leaves etc.

Reflection of own working practice

My time keeping throughout the progression of the zine was extremely good as I finished my zine was a couple of days before the deadline. This allowed me to review it and add in extra fine details in which were necessary in order to make it look more aesthetically pleasing. The reason my time keeping was good was because I started my initial sketching and ideas very early on in the brief which enabled me to have my final idea set in stone near the beginning, this allowed me to fully focus on making my zine perfect with a lot of time to spare.

In my opinion I successfully analysed the brief as I produced a zine, – 8 pages in length, and I didn’t use any digital methods in order to produce my zine, just pen and paper alone. Aside to the use of a photocopier so that I had a master copy and a photocopied copy, however the brief stated that this is allowed.

My research for my zine constructed of using the internet, looking at other peoples already made zines and seeing their designs, taking inspiration from them. As well as looking at zines I also researched into typography and letter spacing by visiting a website called ‘’ which allows you to practice your letter spacing. The reason I did this was because I wanted to understand every aspect of typography and how important it is to make sure the lettering is drawn perfectly.

I thoroughly enjoyed this brief even though I believe I am more digitally based. When I first saw the brief I panicked as I felt as though my drawing skills were not up to standard, however this proved not the case as I had enough time to draw multiple sketches and ideas which made my final product very precise and aesthetically pleasing. The main part of the brief I enjoyed was the initial sketches as I was able to just brainstorm loads of ideas without them looking ‘amazing’ but the thought behind them was key. The part of the project I didn’t enjoy so much was making the final piece as I found it very stressful ensuring everything was perfect, this is partly because I am a perfectionist! However I was happy with my end product.

In conclusion I feel as though this brief went well and was successful despite my original thoughts on the brief. If I were to do this brief again I would make my product more creative by using different materials and textures in order to make the zine more interactive with the audience. All in all I believe the black and white, clean effect I wanted to portray worked well and efficiently.

Initial Zine Sketches

My main topic of my zine is ‘inspirational quotes’ this is because I wanted to produce a zine that someone could read and be motivated from afterwards. I brainstormed many different ideas and I used convergent thinking to narrow down the best possible topics. The 6 topics I chose were, Time, Bully, Love, Nature, Anger and Hope, the reason for this is because the audience will be able to somehow relate to these topics as they’re so common in everyone’s day to day life.

I started by sketching out my initial ideas and I wanted to keep my zine black and white – a clean design, with the heading, an image and a few quotations of that topic. Below are photos of my progression through my initial sketches.

As you can see from the images above you can see that I have used easy recognisable images to represent each topic which is large on each page, this is so it stands out and is memorable to the audience.

Working with positive and negative space

Below is an image of typographic text which I designed in Adobe Illustrator CC as an experiment to understand that we can still recognise the original letter even when the letters have been enlarged and cropped the ends off.typography-exersizeI also worked with positive and negative space without the use of a computer, but instead with A2 tracing paper, creating 20 squares 7.5cm x 7.5cm, each square being 1cm apart from the other. Once I had drawn the outline of my squares I then proceeded to trace over different letters from the alphabet in order to make different shapes and effects. To finish off the design I used Indian Ink in order to paint in the outside of the shape which made the product look creative.