So I decided to base my new zine concept on the fact that not so long ago, there used to be a school in Jalan Kayu and of course, it was named Jalan Kayu Primary School.
Right at the start, I decided that I wanted to use a more retro style, which led me to look for imagery that I could emulate and adapt for my own zine.
I looked up old Singaporean school textbooks…
… old photos of Jalan Kayu and its environs……..
After that, I thought of a couple of potential concepts for the content of the zine itself:
- A school publication, could be a yearbook…..
- …or maybe a student’s handbook…….
- …or it could be a sort of old school textbook that a student of the time would experience and use……
I decided to use the school textbook as the overall concept for my zine and to use the style of a simple English reading book for its content.
Some guidelines that I stuck to for this zine:
Colour scheme: A cheap colour scheme (i.e. greyscale content) with pastel colours of an 80s feel, not too clean nor minimalist
Typography: Slightly distorted by still simple serif typeface for the body text as if taken from an old textbook
Cover design: Emulate a 1980s Singaporean school textbook
Internal layout: Simple layout without too much variation, something not too modern