Last meeting with the Sketchy Kids team, we’ve discussed with our journalist Ellen what would be the ideal amount of words to put into the zine. As you might already know, we’ve got some things we definitely want to tell with the zine.
The first thing will be ‘a day in the life’ with a band. In this section, we will follow a band from morning till evening on a gig. It’s very interesting to get in a van and just chat with the band members and see what happens when a band ‘gets ready’ for a gig. This section will be written in a diary style to emphasize the spontaneousness of the events during that day.
This section will be the main backbone throughout the zine. It will be combined with different other sections and pictures to make it dynamic. The other sections will be: a short biography of the band, an interview with each band member and finally a review of their show. All of this will get infused with some funny/weird/serious/fucked up anecdotes and quotes that happened that night.
Now, for the amount of words we got ourselves some restrictions. Both for Ellen and me, so we both know how to format our content. As you can see on the image below, the main section will be about 1000 words, the interviews between 200 and 300 words, the review 500 words and the biography 300 words. It’s tricky to have these restrictions, but it gives us a start.
Now, for the actual layout of the zine, here are some screenshots of the process.
First I’ve put the main section in a bigger point size, combined with photo’s and some graphic dotted backgrounds. As the first spread might seem okay, the rest of the zine looks pretty text-heavy to me. All of the text is set in Linotype’s Frutiger, Roman. The main is set in 11/13,2pt and the smaller in 6/7,2pt.
For now, I haven’t made any test prints of it so the text size will probably be changed as soon as I get to printing it.
Next, I’ve placed the main text in the small boxes on the bottom, so the emphasis is placed more on the separate band members.
And another position of the main text, with extra emphasis on the band members. The texts correspond to the images on the background.
Also, here’s a small screenshot of how the biography might look like:
Next to formatting the amount words into a given booklet size, I did some visual research into a band for the first issue: Mountain Bike. As Living told me last week, it might be interesting to create diversity within the series. So, for each band I will be creating a different lay-out within a consistent framework (the framework will be A5 format, 2 color riso cover, black and white content, etc.) so the booklets look the same but are different.
All of the artwork below courtesy of Mountain Bike or the designer that designed it.
To end this blogpost: today I’ve decided to put all of my process so far in a sketch book. Looks a bit more organized, right?