Inspired is an architecture for students e-magazine designed for the iPad. Shown is the front cover, table of contents, and one article that might be in the magazine.
Inspired is designed with students of architecture in mind, be they designers looking to learn more to supplement their craft, those formally studying in the field, or those merely curious. The name is meant to reflect the aim of the magazine — to inspire students to want to learn more.
The layout of the magazine cover is intended to be compatible with many different background photos, as it will change from issue to issue. As it’s an iPad e-magazine, readers will be able to swipe each article title on the cover to read a short description, and tap on the tab to go directly to the article.
The article itself is designed with neutral background and font colors and big, bright photos in order to maximize readability and aesthetics, and to utilize all available screen space.
In order to inform our preliminary designs, we reviewed other architecture magazines and e-magazines. We found that most existing architecture magazines are targeted at professional architects, so we decided to target students of architecture with ours. We looked at other e-magazines such as GQ and Popular Science to gain inspiration for interaction and visual design ideas for our e-magazine.
We developed 3 personas representing different people that we thought would be interested in our magazine. The first was an undergraduate student studying in architecture, the second was an engineering graduate student interested in the physics and mathematics of structures, and the third was a designer interested in aesthetics of structures. We used these personas as a guide for our designs, asking ourselves what they would want out of the magazine in order to make design decisions.
We then created a mood board to reflect the tone and style of our magazine. We looked through newspapers and magazines for images that we thought went well together and would create an inspirational, energetic feel. We were able to use the mood board to guide our style and color choices for the magazine.
Once we had all of these pieces, it was time to start laying out the article. We tried many different layouts, some of which are shown below, until we arrived at our final design.