MACABRE & MORBID MAGAZINE

Tasks Accomplished

 

  • Designed the logo for the magazine
  • Designed the spreads and cover of the magazine
  • Created illustrations for the magazine
  • Created advertisements for web media
  • Created concepts for merchandise

For my Magazine and Media Design class, we were instructed to make a 16-page magazine, advertisements, and possible merchandise. We had to make our own logos, spreads, and articles. We were also given the option to take our own photos and illustrations, as well as use stock images. I am a fan of horror and dark fantasy media, so I used my knowledge of the media to create a unique magazine for my class using illustrations to go with stories, icons for reviews, and a unique mix of blackletter and sans serif typefaces.

LOGO/MASTHEAD

 

Blackletter and sans serif typefaces are common in the horror and dark fantasy communities. Knowing the contrasting tone of the words Macabre & Morbid. Macabre has a more sinister, but elegant sound, so I used a typeface called The Mariam Story. A blackletter look with two fonts, one with an old-style, blotchy look, and one with smooth clean lines. I used the blotchy rough look to give a more uneasy feel. To contrast it, Morbid was given DejaVu Sans, with a custom distressed mask added to it for a more brutal appearance. The contrasting appearance of the typefaces causes the logo to stand out more and make it noticeable.

COVER

 

The cover features a simple, select color photo of a vampiric mouth. I combined two stock images from Cotton Video and Graphics, to create the cover, then added shadows and altered the color to give it a more sinister look. I added coverlines with the cleaner look of the Mariam Story and DejaVu typefaces to promote the inside stories, and to keep with the rule of only using two fonts.

STORY SPREADS

 

With help from a friend and fellow student, Haylee Gilmore, we created a story to feature in the magazine. Haylee created an original story while I designed the spreads, and created illustrations related to the story. The contrasting use of the black and white text was to add some design elements to the page and make it appear less like a wall of text. The illustrations were to add visual elements to the story and to break up text.

REVIEW SPREAD

 

With permission from Fredrik Knudsen, I featured his book for the review portion of the magazine. I created original icons and categories based on features in horror that many tend to focus on. What’s unsettling, how horrifying the story is, what’s the goriest moment, all ready for review for horror fans; including with a blurb with a review of the book itself. Keeping with the story spread, used the black and white contrast text to give it more consistency and to make the page stand out.

WEB ADVERTISEMENTS & MERCHANDISE

 

For marketing and advertisements, I created a poster and various web ads. I featured the cover image for the ads as it would draw in people for the ominous look.

READ THE MAGAZINE

 

Check out the full magazine on Scribd.

Macabre & Morbid Magazine by Alex DiCaprio on Scribd

Tasks Accomplished

 

  • Designed the logo for the magazine
  • Designed the spreads and cover of the magazine
  • Created illustrations for the magazine
  • Created advertisements for web media
  • Created concepts for merchandise

For my Magazine and Media Design class, we were instructed to make a 16-page magazine, advertisements, and possible merchandise. We had to make our own logos, spreads, and articles. We were also given the option to take our own photos and illustrations, as well as use stock images. I am a fan of horror and dark fantasy media, so I used my knowledge of the media to create a unique magazine for my class using illustrations to go with stories, icons for reviews, and a unique mix of blackletter and sans serif typefaces.

LOGO/MASTHEAD

 

Blackletter and sans serif typefaces are common in the horror and dark fantasy communities. Knowing the contrasting tone of the words Macabre & Morbid. Macabre has a more sinister, but elegant sound, so I used a typeface called
The Mariam Story. A blackletter look with two fonts, one with an old-style, blotchy look, and one with smooth clean lines. I used the blotchy rough look to give a more uneasy feel. To contrast it, Morbid was given DejaVu Sans, with a custom distressed mask added to it for a more brutal appearance. The contrasting appearance of the typefaces causes the logo to stand out more and make it noticeable.

LOGO/MASTHEAD

 

Blackletter and sans serif typefaces are common in the horror and dark fantasy communities. Knowing the contrasting tone of the words Macabre & Morbid. Macabre has a more sinister, but elegant sound, so I used a typeface called
The Mariam Story. A blackletter look
with two fonts, one with an old-style, blotchy look, and one with smooth clean lines. I used the blotchy rough look to give a more uneasy feel. To contrast it, Morbid was given DejaVu Sans, with a custom distressed mask added to it
for a more brutal appearance. The contrasting appearance of the typefaces causes the logo to stand out more and make it noticeable.

COVER

 

The cover features a simple, select color photo of a vampiric mouth. I combined two stock images from Cotton Video and Graphics, to create the cover, then added shadows and altered the color to give it a more sinister look. I added coverlines with the cleaner look of the Mariam Story and DejaVu typefaces to promote the inside stories, and to keep with the rule of only using two fonts.

STORY SPREADS

 

With help from a friend and fellow student, Haylee Gilmore, we created a story to feature in the magazine. Haylee created an original story while I designed the spreads, and created illustrations related to the story. The contrasting use of the black and white text was to add some design elements to the page and make it appear less like a wall of text. The illustrations were to add visual elements to the story and to break up text.

REVIEW SPREAD

 

With permission from Fredrik Knudsen, I featured his book for the review portion of the magazine. I created original icons and categories based on features in horror that many tend to focus on. What’s unsettling, how horrifying the story is, what’s the goriest moment, all ready for review for horror fans; including with a blurb with a review of the book itself. Keeping with the story spread, used the black and white contrast text to give it more consistency and to make the page stand out.

WEB ADVERTISEMENTS & MERCHANDISE

 

For marketing and advertisements, I created a poster and various web ads. I featured the cover image for the ads as it would draw in people for the
ominous look.

READ THE MAGAZINE

 

Check out the full magazine on Scribd.

Macabre & Morbid Magazine by Alex DiCaprio on Scribd