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Interlord1
PostPosted: 2012-01-26 06:58pm 

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Okay, the situation is I have a piece of GCSE English Media coursework to hand it tommorow. I can probably extend the deadline a few days, but still. Could somebody who has experience in this sort of thing please look at it, and tell me if it looks okay for a magazine cover? Like, is it the sort of thing that could appear in shops. Any help is appreciated, I'll link the image now.

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb227/interlord1/MagazineV4Flat.png

It's worth 40% of my mark, so yeah, I thought it was important enough to ask online for people to look at it and tell me what could be added/improved/taken away etc. Thanks for reading.

It's supposed to be a gaming magazine, and that's the only criteria really.
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Terralthra
PostPosted: 2012-01-26 07:05pm 

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The font you're using as your Title and Head is rather...ugly. I can't imagine something on a newsstand rack using it. Having the ACTA Head/Subhead in red is a bit jarring, but it's probably what you were going for.
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Interlord1
PostPosted: 2012-01-26 07:08pm 

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So I should change the font in the title then? Any suggestions as to what would fit or should I just try some different things?
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Havok
PostPosted: 2012-01-26 07:09pm 

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The font could look better if you lightened the transparency on those grey boxes.
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Interlord1
PostPosted: 2012-01-26 07:25pm 

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Alright, i've lightened it, but now a problem arises of not being able to read the text under the main header, and such easily.
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Terralthra
PostPosted: 2012-01-26 09:04pm 

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I think part of the reason I dislike the font you chose so much is that it clashes badly with the cover image. The font seems to deliberating calling back to un-aliased crappy fonts from 8-bit games, but the cover image is a very stylish, smooth, curvy, retro style that is wholly unlike it. Something that suits the image better, something with a retro feel, but with slab serifs, curvy, and stylish might work a lot better.

Maybe something like Chunk?
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Interlord1
PostPosted: 2012-01-27 12:44pm 

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Alright, I just downloaded Chunk. I'll redesign it with a variety of fonts, then come back.
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