(Disclaimer: Here are only the developments that went digital. Most of the other developments are in the Journal)
The feature image of this post is the mood board that I have created for the zine.
As we only have a limited number of spreads and pages to work with, I tried my best to compress a lot of the elements into those few pages. Also, I tried to connect and design the pages as a spread rather than individual pages so that I could show my understanding of spreads and in a way making use of the pages more.
This was actually the second-last spread that I worked on as I was finding it hard to attempt this and I actually left it last.
There were some main elements I plan to feature in the first spread. It being the day scene, I would definitely want to feature:
- Sultan Mosque
So the following are the layouts I did for the first spread.
I wanted to have a balance between the tourists and the textiles, making them almost equal. So I tried putting them side by side or even on the same page.
As this was the last inner spread that I worked on, I have trouble trying to show shophouses here since I have already featured the shophouses in the middle spread. So, I decided to make it into the corridor arches instead.
For the colours and style, I was very much inspired my Malika Favre’s work. I realise I was following too closely to it that it is starting to look very much like it too. So I had to change things up abit and change the colours too.
This was the second spread that I worked on. All this while I would know the importance of the middle spread as it is the transition spread and would balance out both sides of the zine.
Some elements that I would wanna feature in this spread is:
- palm trees (for the day)
- lampposts (as it can help to show the transition and looks close to cutleries and palm trees)
- cutleries (for the night)
I tried to make it more dynamic for this and this page was particularly important to show the transition from day to night. So I spend alot of time on this to make the transition as smooth as possible.
I settle down with this as I think there is a right balance and dynamic movement in the spread. I think that the transition from day to night is seamless too, like there is no sudden change.
This was actually the first spread that I worked on as I really wanted to show the overlaying and the double shadow effect in the zine.
Some of the main elements that I wanted to show in this spread is:
- exotic lanterns
- down-up lighting
- food scene (plates and drinks)
I was satisfied with the layout of this spread as it was very close to what I had invisioned. The space on the left page of the spread was actually for text, but I decided not to put it in because i wouldn’t want it to affect the mood and feel the illustrations had conveyed.
The cover and back cover
This was actually the last page that I attempted as I was mainly focusing on the contents, and would leave this last so that I would know what the content is already like so that the cover page and back cover would be the design layout that holds all the contents together.
So what would be the better way to hold everything together and represent Kampong Glam? By using shophouses windows! (Since the shophouses have already been used by the middle spread)
I was pretty satisfied with the outcome of this spread as it also has a smooth transition as the middle spread.