Periodical publications come in all forms and cover every imaginable topic — from political, academic, trade, art and design, luxury and lifestyle magazines to indie, popular culture and entertainment. This course looks at what makes the magazine distinct, as a tactile reading experience, as well as what design elements contribute to making it a powerful and efficient medium. Through an analysis of both American and European magazine design, we examine the use of elements such as systems, navigational devices, typography, illustration and photography, and apply them in practical exercises. Considerations of theme, context, content and personal interest influence the creation of a physical magazine spread consisting of a cover, table of contents and three articles. While students’ studio projects are specifically print magazine-based, the course is supplemented with discussions and examples of how contemporary magazines are able to translate traditional material design excellence into a successful digital format (ezines). By reviewing how media-specific attributes such as audio, video, and search functions can hold the reader’s attention online, students will be able to consider potential digital design options in the future. Student laptop required with the following specifications and English language software loaded: latest version MacOS (preferred) or Windows, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Course specific requirements will be discussed and additional software downloaded during class. Students in all SIGDS courses pay for their own printing and can expect to spend $75 or more depending on the course and desired outcomes.
July 6–17, 2020
9 am–4 pm
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380