Today I made a selection of the photographs and got some first drafts of the main text of the zine: “A day in the Life” with Mountain Bike. It looked good and also gave me an idea of how Ellen thinks about the structure of the zine. Luckily we’re thinking quite the same: one main “backbone” storyline, with all of the different chapters in it, combined with photographs.
So, I started fitting the text into the relatively small area of the zine (12 pages, A5 format is quite small for +- 3000 words, keeping in mind that it’s a fanzine and not a novel). It’s also quite a challenge to give an appropriate hierarchy to every different chapter (the chapters being: interview with every band member, a small biography and a review of the gig) combined with page numbers, titles, pictures, etc.
Anyways, here are some try-outs with the photographs and text. At this moment i’m using Artimo Regular, Bold and Italic for different elements. The pages are quite close to the edge (I’ll have to ask the printer how close I can get, at this moment I’m 3 mm from the edge) which allows me to set more content on a page.
On every right hand page, I’ve set the name of the band in uppercase, 30pt, bold. This gives every spread a direct clear look, so you know what band you are actually looking at. For every band member, you can see his/her name above his/her portrait, combined with an interview directly above/beneath/next to it. Every band member’s name is set in a slightly smaller size so it doesn’t overwhelm the name of the band, but it’s also related to it (like subtitles are related to titles).
Next, you will see the main text of the zine. It’s set in 11pt, with a small black dot on every first paragraph on a page, to guide the reader throughout the story.
On page 2 you can see the biography of the band (which is still under construction) with text set in 8pt, in italic.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow’s a new day. Let’s do this!