So for my studio class we've been assigned the task of creating a 'zine with the theme of obsession ("50 of anything is interesting"). I decided to make one on skating as it's pretty much my only hobby besides drawing. These are the pages I've done so far in reading order. This isn't how I'm working on them in Photoshop. I just cobbled the pages together in MSPaint to make it easier for people to crit, so apologies for weird trimming etc.
Basically, I don't feel I fully understand what constitutes a "bad" design when it comes to 'zines. I've been studying the principles of design and trying to follow them, but it would be nice to get some feedback as this is totally out of my comfort zone. I do intend to print in colour as well. This is all very, very WIP and I'm open to anything anyone has to say.
Back/front cover. I really struggled with picking a font for this, and it's still just a place holder. I don't know if I should further manipulate the cover image itself (an old drawing I did from reference which has been long lost), maybe darkening the lines and putting a plain white background instead of the obvious paper scan that it is?
Pages 1-4. Not sure how I feel about the white bar on Page 1. I wanted to have a line of photos down the margin but I couldn't really find anything that would have suited it. I do have an actual story I've written that follows page 2-4, but I didn't feel comfortable sharing it on CA. I left pages 3-4 blank here to show the collage behind the text.
Here's what 3-4 would approximately look like with text.
Pages 5-6. I'm really unsure with page 5. Everyone I've shown it to loves the amateur look of it, but I'd really like an artist's opinion on it. Page 6 is still a WIP. I intend to go into the science of how carbon fibre is made accompanied with magnified images of the fibre itself and the carbon structures.
Please tell me if this is awful and I need to scrap it, you won't hurt my feelings. I'm well aware of the fact that I don't know what I'm doing.