Before I start on my Zine, I researched on example over Pinterest. I found myself more drawn towards a more minimalistic style. To convey information with mainly pictures and as little text as possible.
Below are the few references I found online which I took interest in.
After which, I tried to work with different grid systems to come up with a layout that I prefer. I know that I want to focus on a few categories in my zine.
- Places of interests
- Petrol kiosks and Parking spaces
These categories will be sufficient for all the three spreads in my zine, which is targeted to drivers (informative guide for drivers).
I chose a pastel palette as it reflects the nostalgic feeling of the neighbourhood.
This spread includes a photo in the center and a cropped photo from the bottom. The headers and body texts are overlay-ed on top of the photo and the background. The contents will be mainly on the slow paced life in the neighbourhood.
In the second spread, I want to talk about what to watch out for in the neighbourhood. There are places of interests and emergency helplines which will be helpful. I wanted to have a grid-like minimalistic feel, but I guess there must be more explorations towards my final Zine.
In the third spread, I will talk about where to find the easily accessible petrol kiosks and where to find the carparks with cheap parking rates. I tilted the photos to have a different approach to the former spreads as I didn’t want the whole approach to be bland and stale.
In the back cover, I wanted a circle frame so that a picture could be fitted inside and texts to be filled in the blue column.
After the first consultation with Joy, the following is the second version that was revised.
Compared to the first version, The green patterns have been changed to solid green as I have to keep the consistency throughout the zine; there were no green patterns reflected in zine.
As the previous photo in this spread was too cluttered, I have changed the photo to a HDB to show that the neighbourhood is quiet and slow paced. I reduced the number of paragraphs as too much information will misdirect the reader.
In this spread, a lot of changes have been made. I included the thematic colours, cropped photos of the Red Rhino and Gillman Barracks to again, show consistency. The header has been changed to catch the reader’s attention. The hierarchy is clearly established in this version – Header > Photo > Body texts.
I have decided to remove all other pictures of petrol kiosks as I wanted to keep to a minimalistic style. The header is working fine now here because of its consistency. However, the photo is too complexed and is fighting for attention, thus, some amendments have to be made. The rectangular frame is included to keep the style consistent as well.
I included the photo of a sticker that was on Gillman Barracks pathway, which I feel that I relates to the exit/ending of the zine. However, through consultation, this looks like a logo instead of a photo.
Through these consultations, there is a clear direction to work towards to.