Changing Faces – Final Piece/improvements

Here is the set of PDFs that I submitted for formative feedback – changing faces

After receiving my feedback I decided to make some changes to my work to improve on it further before I print it off for final submission, Upon receiving said feedback, I was able to pick out smaller things that my peers and I didn’t notice in my work that could use some work, which in turn ended up helping me arrange a much better composition in my opinion, I solved my negative space problem on my first page by manipulating and resizing my imagery to make my first page more imposing.

After I had completed my first page and received some advice I also changed my column scheme from a 5 column to a 9 column scheme to incorporate a wider range of opportunities for layouts to create a more varied and unique set of spreads.

This also freed up some text that I could use to solve the problem with my spacing and hierarchy issue on the second page and enabled me to create a more smooth layout without the slightly awkward feel it seemed to have previously.

I also needed to sieve through the document and polish up the details by sorting out the rag out in a few areas, and the occasional widows that I didn’t notice throughout my body text. I spent some time generally re-arranging aspects of my pages to achieve a consistent balance across all of my pages.

My feedback also helped my thought process when thinking how I could improve my work, sorting certain issues also seemed to pave the way for the improvements I could make to other sections of the magazine.

Here is my final design in digital format – Print Spreads final – Liam Mullen

I feel that the hierarchy and use of negative space compliment each other much better than they did in my original design.

Here are some images of my final cut and mounted magazine that I will be exhibiting.



Changing Faces – Progression 3

Here is my third page of my magazine that I am currently working on.

I feel that the contrast on this page works quite well, come issues that I need to sort out with the rage on the left page, but in general I feel that this page works quite well as a composition and flows quite well with the previous 2 pages with a consistent style throughout. This page might alter slightly to incorporate sorting out my second page which I am experiencing some problems.


Changing Faces – Progression 2

I am currently working on my second page of my magazine, this one is turning out to be the most problematic of my pages as I’m not too sure on my layout, the pages I result in either feel like they are either too overcrowded or have way too much negative space on.

This is where I’m at currently at with this page, I feel like I might have to change around some of my imagery and possibly move things onto other pages to accommodate for other text boxes and some rag tweaking .



Changing Faces – Progression

editorial page ideas

Here is one of my page ideas that I am currently working on, after my review with David I feel that I am moving on the right track with my limited use of fonts, colour, and my use of negative space.
Currently I need to focus on my imagery and the other two double page spreads before devoting too much time to perfecting an individual page. I have set a basis for the house style I would like to go with throughout the rest of the project and need to print off some of my pages to the scale I want to ensure my point sizes work in printed format.

Changing Faces – Page Planning

After analysing the article I decided to make some mind maps and possible layouts for my project, my mind map was to get the general stylistic ideas as a basis for how I would progress through the project and something that I could turn back to to remind me of some of the aspects I needed to include and to make sure that I am keeping the right kind of atmosphere across my pages.


After researching double page spreads created by other designers as inspiration, I came up with these as some of the possible page ideas that I felt I could create digitally and then further experiment with and possibly end up with some interesting outcomes as a result.


Editorial Workshop

In Today’s Workshop we were tasked in groups to create an image to represent an article that was provided to us. Our article was in reference to the ignorance of politicians in regards to ‘Toaster Gate’ and the EU trying to incorporate energy and the Pro-Brexit argument.

We wanted to display this with the idea that the Ukip politicians were just being dismissive rather than making the logical decisions. Acting like children and just throwing a tantrum rather than cooperating. We wanted to display this by displaying them as babies and using corks in their ears to show that they aren’t paying any attention.

nigal barrage The feedback concluded that our imagery was weird, but in an eye-catching way that would make you want to read the article, although with more time we would have been able to create an image that would be more descriptive of the subject, but at the time we found the idea of following the toaster route appealing and it sparked multiple ideas among the group.

The second half of our workshop was based on the typographical layout of pages, using the first page of Charles Dickens ‘Great Expectations’ we were tasked in pairs to create a typographical piece using a combination of elements such as ‘Em’ and ‘En’ dashes, Headings, Sub Headings, Stand Firsts, Indenting, and call outs.

zach&liam editorial.jpg

We felt that we had a very contemporary feel to the heading of our piece, used a varied amount of elements, but we could also acknowledge that we could spend more time in future sorting out the rag of our text, Indenting and just generally fine tuning the details of our work to create a more polished piece.

Changing Faces – Article Breakdown


Analysing the article, I feel that it would be more fitting to be portrayed with an air of mystery and uncertainty in a fashion that would focus on asking questions towards the viewer and using this air of mystery to encourage reading on.
it has a darker theme in the way that you feel towards the the idea of Mckinnon’s condition rather than it setting a dark tone to the story itself from the get go.

I think I could make smart use of visual metaphors to convey this feeling, and set a mysterious atmosphere to the piece, the use of a darker colour palette could help me achieve this, but there is also a route I could go along where I would contrast the theme using brighter colours to emulate the carefree mind that McKinnon possesses. I could also experiment with a combination of both although it might overcomplicate my design or make certain aspects look out of place.