Project 2: Zine Layout Inspiration

What is a zine?

“A zine is usually a non-commercial, non-professional publication, kind of
like a magazine but with a twist. The main difference between a magazine
and a zine is that zines are not out there to make a profit but, rather, to add
other, often unheard voices into the mix. Zines are usually made out of
interest and passion and are often self-published by the writer/artist/creator.
Typically zines are made using collage techniques and are then photocopied
since these are means available to almost everyone.” – as defined by Art Gallery of Ontario


What is the aim of my zine?

Orchard Road is known to be a high-end place, where one goes to buy their branded goods. I wanted to get the readers to see Orchard Road in a different light.


Layout Inspirations

This was my main inspiration. I really liked the big numbers as well as the colour splatters throughout the page. I felt that the large numbers took the main focus here and it would fit nicely with numbering the five senses that i wanted to include. It is also very minimal, with large open spaces and very little words, which was another thing I wanted to do.


I really liked the colour palette of this layout, using pastel shades to convey a very calm and feeling of coastal cities. The transparent overlay on the cover also caught my attention, and really allowed this zine to stand out from the rest. While I don’t think I will be incorporating this idea into my zine, it serves as a reminder to be unique as a designer. I took inspiration from the colour palette and created muted photos for my zine to convey the calmness that I felt while walking along Orchard Road, even though many feel differently.





This was another cool yet simple layout that caught my eye. Instead of using colour to capture attention, the designer contrasted the photo with a plain black page and added simple lines and dots to complete the photo.


I liked the bold lines in this layout, creating a structured and bold look. The play on colours also matches nicely with the bold lines and creates a playful look.



I like the colour palette of this layout, it has a very muted palette and the photos are very muted too!


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