Magazine Layout Graphic Design Tip: Go Minimal for Fashion Magazines

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Designing a magazine can be very entertaining yet intimidating at times. Like with most things, starting is usually the most challenging part but when you get the hang of it, everything seems to fall into place and starts being easier.

Graphic designer usually begin a creative project by looking for inspiration. It helps them conceptualize and get their creative juices flowing.

Few Fashion Magazine Design Tips

Designing a magazine for fashion or lifestyle content is challenging. The test lies in making the design look as on-trend and aspiring as possible. A minimal design is a great blank canvas for fashion photos and retail showcases, and it raps into the trend for ultra-simple, stylish print design.

  • Make photos the emphasis of the layouts, allowing them to take up at least two-thirds of each page, and team them with a plain white backdrop and rich black typography.
  • Avoid hassle at all costs, evade from making the designs looking cheap, and shy away from making any typography too ‘shouty’.
  • Experiment with placing images in somewhat off-centered positions, to give the layouts a faintly arty look.
  • Look for photos that share a specific color theme or style, and team them together on the page. This will help the layouts to feel fashionable, beautiful and soothing to look at.
  • Know that simple styles help trendy subject matter to shine.

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