Arts & Culture Magazine Design

Client Canterbury Christ Church University

Format 210 x 148.5 mm, 28 pages

Skills InDesign, Photoshop, picture research, art working

Arts & Culture magazine is published three times a year by Canterbury Christ Church University. Each issue contains listings and details of music, art, theatre and lecture events – taking place at the university and in the surrounding Kent area. The Arts & Culture magazine is available in print and digital format.

Arts & Culture Magazine Spring 2017 front and back cover.

Arts & Culture Magazine Spring 2017 double page spread showing the art event Claude Cahun: Beneath the Mask.

Arts & Culture Magazine Spring 2017 inside double page spread showing upcoming music events.

Arts & Culture Magazine Autumn 2016 front and back cover

Arts & Culture Magazine Autumn 2016 inside double page spread showing upcoming art exhibitions and workshops.

Front and back cover design for the Winter 2016 issue of Arts & Culture magazine for Canterbury Christ Church University. Both the back and front cover feature dark, moody images of music performer Elaine Mitchener.

Double page magazine design from the Winter 2016 issue of Arts & Culture for Canterbury Christ Church University. This is from the Art section and is a feature on the Jerwood Drawing Prize and includes details about the upcoming exhibition and workshops. The left hand page features a full page colour image of artist Soheila Sokhanvari's 'Two Serious Ladies'.

Double page magazine design from the Winter 2016 issue of Arts & Culture for Canterbury Christ Church University. This is from the music section. The left hand page advertises the upcoming Flute Day event in March and includes details about the concerts and music masterclasses it offers. The right hand page lists six unrelated music events also occurring throughout March.

Double page magazine design from the Winter 2016 issue of Arts & Culture for Canterbury Christ Church University. This is the opening section to the Theatre events. The left hand page is a full page advertising a performance piece called Behind the Scenes. The information about the event is against a full page image as a background. The right hand page lists a further three theatre events, along with images from throughout the winter period.

Front and back cover design for the Autumn 2015 issue of Arts & Culture Magazine. The front and back cover feature photographs of work by artist Alastair Mackie.

Inside spread design from the Autumn 2015 issues of Arts & Culture magazine. This spread is the opener to the 'Art' section and contains details about two upcoming exhibitions – George Ekts and Adam Chodzko.

Inside spread design from the Autumn 2015 issues of Arts & Culture magazine. This spread is from the 'Music' section and has details about upcoming music events.

Inside spread design from the Autumn 2015 issues of Arts & Culture magazine. This spread is a double page opener to the 'Word' section, which contains details about upcoming lectures and author events.

The brief: Arts & Culture magazine

The marketing and communications department sent me a brief for the spring/summer 2015 issue of Arts & Culture magazine. I was to follow their existing design for the magazine, using previous issues as a reference.

The design: Arts & Culture magazine

I followed the original design guidelines, as instructed in the brief. Each issue contained separate sections for art, music, theatre, dance and word events. These contents are colour coded to differentiate them. The client liked each page to be as full of content as possible, avoiding the use of too much white space. To achieve this, the design used coloured tints with blocks of highlighted text. I ensured that the information for each entry was designed to be as clear as possible for the reader to follow.

I’ve enjoyed working on six issues of Arts & Culture magazine.
 I found the first issue I designed to be a bit of a challenge, as the design and layout is less rigid compared to other projects I have worked on. The design of each page is unique. It was good to get out of my comfort zone, and to have the opportunity to work on something a bit different.