Featured FIDM Student Work: “Soul” Magazine Designed by Carrie Rooney

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The magazines developed by FIDM Graphic Design Students during their Publication Design students never cease to amaze us. In 10 weeks (or sometimes less), students develop the magazine’s masthead, table of contents, departments and feature story pages, and a product spread, often incorporating their own photography and faux advertisements, tackling everything from the type treatment, to the layouts/page design.

Combining many of the skills the students have developed in previous classes, from composition and conceptual development they’ve learned in Design I and Design II, to photography, typography and art direction, FIDM Publication Design Instructor, Randy Dunbar challenges his students to develop an entire magazine from scratch. Dunbar brings a wealth of knowledge after working in creative role for major publications such as HealthSelfMuscle & Fitness to MademoiselleBridesGQ andHome.

“Magazine design is about telling stories from both a visual and typographical point of view over many pages, and for many students this is a challenge in both the concept and execution,” says Dunbar. “Magazine design is also a fast-paced environment where, given the amount of pages in a magazine, the designs need to be created quickly. While it is fast-paced, the attention to detail is never greater. Magazines are created to be read so the designs, while hopefully unique and original, must also convey a simplicity which invites understanding from the reader.

The magazine concept below designed by Carrie Rooney caught our attention for its consistent graphic elements that lasso the individual spreads into a cohesive overall design. Rooney creates a nice sense of hierarchy in many of her spreads with proper photography choices and scale treatments, and small details like painterly illustrations, grunge typographic treatments and clever department headings (“Norish,” “Marvel” and “Venture)” give her magazine Soul a true-to-life vibe.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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