Group Project Reflection – Submission

Now the magazine has been submitted and there’s not a lot of corrections we can do now!

Anyway, here are the two articles I created for the magazine:

Shattered Dreams At The Coral Windows Stadium

Shattered Dreams At The Coral Windows Stadium

The Ins And Outs Of Goal Line Technology

The Ins And Outs Of Goal Line Technology

When it came to submission our group had a couple of issues. The first one was that we had accidentally got two of the pages the wrong way round and so the editors letter page was on the wrong side of the fold. We did amend this and re-upload however the mistake was made due to the fact that it’s not very easy to preview your layout as a spread in ‘preview’ when you have saved the pages as individual pages.

Again on the issue of saving your pages as spreads caused another problem for our group. When we tried to upload our magazine to Issuu, because we had saved the DPS’ as spreads, it put two spreads next to each other, effectively having four pages across the space of two pages. Which was frustrating and disappointing because we were putting it on there as a way of showcasing our work. But after a long solid day of working to make sure the magazine got finished we could not be bothered to adjust such a small matter and just left it how it is.

However as this is a showcase of our work we will be coming back next week to sort out the problem on Issuu and we can afford to leave it a bit because it is not crucial to the hand in of this module.

Here is the example of the double-double page spread:

Double Page Spread Issue on Issuu

Double Page Spread Issue on Issuu


Group Project Reflection – The Penultimate Day and Module Deadline Day!

Today me and Jordan realised that we still needed an advert creating for the inside cover of the magazine, so we set about starting work on an advert for it. This was on the Wednesday before the Friday hand in. Jordan helped me think of an idea that we could do for the advert and suggested using one of Erik’s pictures that were spare from his photoshoot of his brother freestyle footballing. I got the image off Erik and got straight to work and put a quick advert together within about half an hour. Here is the result.

HydroQuench Advert - Inside Cover

HydroQuench Advert – Inside Cover


D-Day is finally here and we gathered as a group one last time to finally and officially piece the magazine together. When we started placing the PDF’s all into one we realised that there was a page missing. This wasn’t a page of someone’s work as we each had 4 pages done and dusted. This meant that we required another advert to fill this space. We also remembered that we would need an advert for the back cover of the magazine as the brief stated that it would need a front and back cover.

As the other members had other things to be getting on with, and they had all liked the advert I had made two days ago, I was again tasked with creating both the adverts to fill these spaces.

As time was precious and I also had other things to be getting on with, I dived straight into the photography folder on my portable hard drive to try find some images suitable of being compiled into an advert for a sport and fitness magazine.

After a good couple of hours work – I had finished the adverts. We, as a group, discussed about the back page advert of a magazine is always a product, and so therefore we decided to move the advert I had created first (pictured above) to be the back page advert, and the two new ones I’d created would fill the two vacant spaces towards the start of the magazine.

Here are the two other sports related adverts that I quickly cooked up:

BDO Advert

BDO Advert

Cricket Advert

Cricket Advert

Group Project – Reflection

Another change to one of my articles now.

This one came about because I realised that we might have possibly used too much red colouring within the magazine as it was plastered all over the front cover and then Jordan and myself had both decided to use red for the colour indicating bars on the sides of our pages.

The red in my article kept to the colour of the Wembley seats in my panoramic image, however it seemed like a bit of a mismatch against the colours associated with Bradford City – claret and amber. So here is my article after I made the necessary colour adjustments:

Bradford City Article - Final Layout

Bradford City Article – Final Layout

Also, due to the licensing issues on being able to use the Football League table I decided against using that and instead just listed the results from the games that Bradford played in the Capital One Cup this season. I changed the colour of the box to red as well because then I thought it sort of looks like a linking box to the image of Wembley and therefore titled the box out – ‘The Road To Wembley’. I feel that this slightly leads your eye from one thing to the other.

Group Project Reflection

Today I was looking at the opening two pages of Beth’s article with her as she felt that the title and sub heading were a bit spaced out and it seemed like there was too much space on the front page. I personally thought that it was down to an issue with the title itself, particularly the font. The fonts she had used were quite wide spaced so I thought it would look better to have a font that seemed more sort of squashed together, and then have it really big to make it bold seen as this is going to be the main feature for the magazine.

As the subject of her article was a Great Britain Olympic Diver, I thought it would be good to create a clipping mask over the title in Photoshop and have the Union Jack as the mask. Here is the design that I came up with.

I created the Union Jack using a collection of red white and blue layers using the rectangle tool and using the other layers to cover up the bits that weren’t needed. I then converged it all into one layer and used a clipping mask of the Text Layers.

My Design For Beth's Title

My Design For Beth’s Title

Recently my own articles have also undergone a bit of a face lift to try and make them look more presentable as though they would actually be published in a magazine. While most of the body copy on these designs is jibberish as it’s still in the process of being sub edited, various aspects of my designs have changed and are now looking a bit like this:

(Note: all the images are actually my own this time!)

Goal Line Technology Article Layout

Goal Line Technology Article Layout

Bradford City Article Layout

Bradford City Article Layout

Group Project – Reflection – Wednesday 13th March 2013

In House. We looked at the house style of the magazine and started drafting up the aspects of the magazine that we would all need to adhere to when creating our individual articles. This included mainly information about font sizes and styles that we would need to keep the same throughout the magazine as well as other features like the colour coding of different sections.

We agreed that the main font for the magazine would be Helvetica as it is a standard font but still looks professional. I think the gist was that we would use Helvetica Light for the body copy because it looks slightly easier to read than the regular variety of the font. We also decided that we would use size 9pt font for the body copy. Initially we had all used size 12pt as it seems to be the standard font size but on further inspection, the font looked massive with the article and when comparing to articles in FourFourTwo and Men’s Health it appeared that size 9pt was more like the ones used in the professional publications.

Helvetica Neue is my preferred font for Titles, especially the ‘Condensed Bold’ variant of the font as it is quite bold but doesn’t look quite as boring as a font such as Arial.

We also looked at the method for colour coding different sections of the magazines and as it stands our idea is to use colour on the page edges however we aren’t really sure which colours to use for which sections and so this is an issue we need to discuss and finalise what we are going to use as the section denotations.

The balance was that we needed to get a nice font that didn’t look boring but also one that wouldn’t be too over the top or use any sort of windings fonts.

Group Project – Reflection – Friday 8th March 2013

Eric, Jordan and myself were discussing the different layouts that we had created and talking about an idea that we had to put coloured banners down the side of our pages to denote which section of the magazine you were in. This is a feature similar to the one used in FourFourTwo and the plan was that we would all use a different section divider and see which one worked best, but before we started designing we all seemed to prefer the side coloured bar ones.

We looked at some of our layouts and came to the conclusion that if the page is either white, or filled with an image, then it makes sense to use the colour coded banners down the sides of the page. But for one of Jordan’s layouts he had made the background of his document the colour code for that section, so it made sense to leave the sides of the page white because there was enough colour on the page already.

Also in this class I continued work on the redesign for my second article as I wasn’t entirely satisfied with my first design. A large problem in the first design was the gap between the first column of text and the second which was broken up by an image so I decided to try and make the text more into one whole block across the page whilst also accommodating room for the images.

Displaying the text break

Displaying the text break

Here is a comparison between my original article and the redesigned version:







Group Project – Reflection – Friday 1st March

This was the day of the infamous ‘Chris Brennan spilling coffee on his trousers’ class.

During this class Chris sat down and spoke to me about the copy that I would be writing for my articles. Previously we had to fill out a little form briefly outlining what it was that we would be writing about so that Chris could get an idea of what everyone was going to be doing and then give them a point in the right direction if there were any issues with their proposed ideas.

Chris talked with me about my idea for my article on goal line technology. I asked him if, as long as we used our own photography AS WELL, whether we would be able to use things such as screen shots as a way of showing an image which demonstrated a need for goal line technology, IE a photo that would have been used in the news during a story about a ‘ghost goal’.

I was informed that I wouldn’t be able to do this, or even to use a screen shot from a video, because I would still need to get permission from the respective licensing companies and in a real world situation the press office for the magazine would sort this one out, and as I don’t have one of those, I will need to find an alternative.

Chris suggested I could email Hawkeye, which I plan to do, and see if they had any material that they may let me use. Hawkeye are the company responsible for the goal line technology equivalent for cricket and tennis, which creates a CGI image of the path of the ball and shows where it would land and where it would travel. Nifty.

Another idea that Chris had was that I should use examples of where there is a need for goal line technology that people wouldn’t have heard much about before, or may have heard of but may likely have forgotten. For example, I shouldn’t use the Frank Lampard vs Germany goal in my writing because that is one everyone has heard of and has seen many times and quite frankly they are probably sick of hearing it by now.

My brother brought to my attention a recent occurrence of a need for goal line technology. I have the link to the article saved on my computer at home and I believe it was from League 2 football, which is no where near as widely watched as things such as the Barclay’s Premier League or the International Stage. Also this will be useful because it would be interesting to have a look at whether it could be implemented in the lower leagues, and if so what effect that might have.

Group Project Implementation – Reflection – Friday 22nd and Wednesday 27th February 2013

This reflection spans the space of about a week, from Friday 22nd February to Friday 1st March. And that is because they all revolve around me doing the same piece of work.

The work I have been doing here is work on my DPS rough draft layouts using InDesign.

We decided as a group that, even though for the final project we would be working as a group, for our individual draft designs it would be better if we worked individually, that way we could do the designs and then look at them as a group and decide who had used nice features in their work. These we could then use as a collective when we create the full product.

An example of this would be if someone had used a specific way of displaying which section of the magazine you were reading (IE colour coordinated banners down the sides or along the tops of the pages) and we all agreed that it worked quite well then this could be something we would all use when we create our final product.

A big problem for me arose on Wednesday 27th of February, when the rough draft layout I had created in InDesign, failed me. I had spent the previous friday working on a rough plan for my layout of my first DPS using InDesign. I was using one of the University laptops to do some work on it, then saved it to my memory stick and when I plugged my USB stick into the computer in the room we were in for the PDC media class, that is when it happened.



The annoying thing was I had made no attempt to unplug or eject the device, it was still sat there innocently in the USB slot. And so because it was University where I had been editing these documents, my USB stick was the only place I had them saved. I pulled the memory stick out and plugged it back in to find that all the files in the folder which I had been working from had completely vanished. So back to the drawing board it was for me.

After this I was frustrated with having lost the work so went home to try and recreate what I had lost and was up until the early hours of the morning. I eventually got somewhere near to where I had been when I lost the work.

When I moved onto working on my second DPS draft, I got creative block, and couldn’t for the life of me come up with a layout that I was happy with, bearing in mind that I had to incorporate a panoramic image into it, given the nature of the photos that I had taken for that particular article which is about the Wembley Capital One Cup Final that Bradford City managed to reach and I was fortunate enough to attend.

In the end I decided I would stick the panoramic image in the centre of the page and work around it to see if I could come up with anything that I was happy with.

Anyway, here is my two finished first drafts for my double page spread. The second article contains all my own images, but the first DPS is images I have legitimately stolen from the internet for the purpose of creating this draft. Also none of the text will make any sense to none classical language students as it is all Lorem Ipsum. The only language in English is the section underneath the sub headings which says Words and Pictures and who they are by as this was a feature I saw in FourFourTwo and quite liked:

DPS1 Draft Layout

DPS1 Draft Layout

^^^ For this article I like the idea as using the image as the background, however as this was an image I ‘borrowed’ from the internet, I couldn’t get one looking exactly how I would like it to look. When I create my actual article I think I want to create my image with the frame of the goal in the bottom right hand corner with a ball on the goal line, but then have a low horizon, which will be mainly just the football pitch. That way I can use the area in the sky as my room for the text and it will stand out much better on a single coloured background, whereas with this one the text becomes quite difficult to read on areas where the grass is a bit lighter.

DPS2 Draft Layout

DPS2 Draft Layout

Initially when creating these articles, I had my body copy font size set to 12, but when comparing it with magazines like FourFourTwo, I thought that my text looked massive and so I kept making the font smaller a size at a time and eventually I got to size 9, which both the above articles have the font size set to. I discussed this issue with Beth as she was also questioning why her font size looked so big compared to existing publications. We both agreed that it looked best at about size 9pt and this is an important issue because it is one of the aspects that we will pretty much need to keep uniform across all the articles that our group creates.

I am happy with the smaller font because it means I can fit more text into a smaller amount of space.

To begin with I had used Arial as the font for my copy, but when I did a bit of research on the internet it appeared that most people don’t like arial in articles because it is boring and plain. In one of the classes Jordan suggested that we use Helvetica and when I changed my copy to Helvetica Light, I quite liked it so I think this might be the font we use universally. However I do like Arial Black for the headline because it is a very bold font and I think articles work better when the headline font isn’t the same as the body copy font.

In the class on Wednesday 27th February, Chris had us, as a group, create a flatplan using the free trial on Here is the flatplan we created:


Red – Pages that we need to work on collectively to put together.

Blue – peoples individual articles.

Green – adverts.


Here is a new design I created for the second article I made. I think I prefer this one because the layout of the text looks a lot cleaner.

Updated Design

Updated Design

PDC Media – Reflection – Wednesday 20th February 2013

Today was all about the completion and presentation of our group’s pitch to the rest of the class. We scheduled to meet early in order to sort out a quick powerpoint to provide some visual aids to the pitch.

The point of this presentation was to make the module more like a real world situation because if you create a magazine in the real world, you are going to need to pitch your idea to someone first in order to try get yourself some backing, and furthermore a publisher.

Beth added her mock up front cover page and double page spreads to the presentation to give an idea to the class of how our articles might look and also showed the subject of the magazine that we would be creating.

The powerpoint was only brief because we weren’t supposed to be reading directly off it whilst we were giving the pitch, it merely contained some images and a few bullet points giving us the different aspects that we needed to explain.

On the whole I thought the presentation went successfully and even though I get nervous doing public speaking Chris told the class something which made me feel a bit better about it. He said that in the professional environment, that is how presentations actually happen, the only difference being that in the real world situation, the person giving the presentation would have more information on the financial side of the things, but as we were only creating fake magazines, this isn’t something we needed to thoroughly research.

Group Project Implementation – Reflection – Friday 15th February 2013

We began by having a think about the 400 word pitch that we were going to need to produce and then present the idea to the whole class. Beth took the responsibility of writing the pitch into a word document whilst we all talked about the various aspects of the magazine that we thought would need including in the pitch.

Here is some of the details which we wrote into our pitch:

400 word pitch

Every month, the magazine will feature an interview with a female sports star and her image will be on the cover. Having a woman on the cover will appeal to our readers but will still keep the magazine classy.

Our emphasis on fitness technology will be shown through our app reviews and previews of upcoming releases for new gadgets.

Energize will offer an alternative to the magazines that are currently on the shelves, as they generally specialise to one area, whether it be Men’s Health who focus on improving personal health and fitness or a sports magazine like Four Four Two who just look at what’s happening in the sporting world. Energize will combine both of those aspects, meaning the magazine will appeal to a combination of those readers.

It will not focus on a particular sport, but focus on an array of events and areas of the sporting world. This will appeal to the reader as it will provide them with a wider knowledge if a range of sports and educate them on fitness technology.

It would be an upmarket magazine, which would be reflected in the price of £3.90 (cheaper than most sports magazines – Four Four Two is £4.60) or £29 a year for a subscription.. The digital price would be £2.10 a month or £20 for the year.

Copy style will be informal and friendly and unless specified, all articles will be written in the voice of the magazine. The layout will always be two columns with the colour theme of red, blue, yellow, white and black.

The pitch needed to be delivered the following Wednesday so it was a work in progress over the following few days.

During this class we decided it would be a good idea to draw, by hand, a few of the pages and speculated layouts that we would be using in the magazine to see how it might look when the different articles etc were placed next to each other. I drew these layouts into my notepad and have taken a picture of them in order to display them on here:


Layout Drawings

It will be useful to have these drawings, not only as a visualisation of how the magazine may look when pieced together but also as a reference point as to which pages go where when we start piecing the magazine together, although I imagine we will have a more formal plan for that laid out by then.

When we were looking at this plan we decided that as we have dedicated advert pages in our magazine, we would need to fill them.

We decided that a good way to do this for one of the pages would be to create a page which is seen in most magazines advertising an offer to subscribe to the magazine. These usually offer a code that you put in when subscribing in order to get you money off your subscription of land you with a free gift upon receiving your first issue.

Given the nature of our magazine we thought we could create a page like this and then offer an app for free (one that would usually have to be paid for) but then each month there would be a different app offered to keep everything up to date and relevant to that specific issue.