Magazine Design

Creative and Innovative Magazine Design

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Magazine Designing and Printing Company in Jalandhar  Punjab

Appna Trend helps you to develop a unique Publication-Magazine that reflects your organization and delivers your messages with maximum impact.

Types of Magazines That We Design :

Large Format Magazine
Monthly magazine
Quarterly Magazine
Lifestyle magazine
Coffee Promotional Magazine
Teen Magazine
Movie and Music magazine
Stock Magazine
Real Estate Magazine
Entertainment magazine
Regional Magazine
Educational magazine

Introduction to Magazine Cover Pages

Magazine cover page serves several purposes. It sells the brand, it has to be visually appealing and different from the other cover pages on the newsstand to attract the new readers. On the other hand each new cover must be different from the previous issue but still familiar and recognizable to regular readers. It has to present the publications character and its content. All of this make the cover page the most important page in any magazine.

Process of magazine cover design is a tough one. Designers spend lots of time and effort to create a cover page. Some magazines, even have one person dedicated only to cover design. Yes, cover designer is a designer that designs only cover pages. Of course only the biggest magazines in the world have cover designers, but you get the point. The process of cover design can last up to 5 days in weekly magazines, to few weeks in monthly magazines.

Several ideas should be tried and several different proposals of one idea tested. Of course, majority of magazines cannot spend that much time and effort on cover design, not because they don’t want to, they simply lack the manpower and time, but still, creation of each cover page takes time and it should be taken seriously. In this link you can see how many proposals of one cover designers in Newsweek can produce in one week.

The first design is rarely the best one. Try few options and when you are done, let it rest for a day. Something that looked good today may not seem good tomorrow. Cover page has to have lasting power, at least for the time while it is in the circulation.

It is important to highlight that the free magazines or the ones that are supplements to newspapers do not rely on newsstand sales and thus they have bigger freedom in their design approach.

The cover forces readers to take action and make decisions. The cover is your periodically test to see how well you know your audience. If you don’t have a good idea who your target audience is, what makes them tick,  that lack of idea will be visible on your cover.

How to Get Started with Magazine Layout Design

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Magazine layout design plays an important role in the publication world, either in the digital publishing or printed media. With the aim of catching the readers’ attention, its main duty is delivering informative contents in a stylish way. This is not an easy work to do since designers should keep both content and style in balance.

When designing a magazine layout, a number of elemental features should be taken into consideration. For starters, the content should come with a headline and an introductory paragraph. Both of them are crucial in attracting interest, thus, should be arranged in a compelling, yet meaningful way.
In terms of typography, the headline uses the biggest font, while the introductory paragraph applies a smaller size of letters, but still slightly bigger than the rest of the content. Different color choices can also be used to highlight the introduction section.

Moreover, other features which are not less important to be included in a magazine layout are images and quotes. In general, the images serve as a complementary element. Along with the appropriate caption, images in a magazine article will give a visual description to the readers and at the same time, make them understand the content better.

The impact of images is strengthened by pull quotes. Whether they use the portion or the summary of the article, quotes will make the content look more compelling. They are also useful for conveying the important message of the story. Quotes in a magazine layout are commonly presented in different font and color from the content.

Although there are several features that need be included in magazine layout design, it should be understood that the nature of design itself is free. You can always design the layout differently, as long as it fulfills its main purpose: inviting the readers to read the rest of the article.

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Magazine layout is one of the things that sets a magazine apart from other publications. Magazines are meant to be read, but they’re also a visual experience.

You might not notice all of the work that goes into creating a magazine layout that looks fantastic, but you definitely notice if it’s been done poorly. The last thing you want is to lose readers because your design isn’t up to par.

So how do you create magazine layouts that are functional, visually interesting, and easy to make? Read on for your step-by-step guide to creating a magazine layout.


You should plan out the content of your magazine before you even touch a computer. You can’t properly plan your layout if you don’t know what you’re going to be publishing.

What stories are you going to include in the issue? Will you have a photography spread? Will it be text-heavy or a balanced mix of media and text?

You should have answers to all of these questions already before you begin designing your magazine. If you have an editorial staff, work with them to decide on the final content that will make it into the magazine.

Once you know what your magazine will include, then you can get started on building your layout.


There are a lot of pages that go into a magazine, and designing each of them one by one would be a drain on your time. Instead, create master pages that will help to determine your overall layout and feel of the magazine.

You don’t want to create just one master page because then your magazine will look the same on every page. You want unity and cohesiveness, but it shouldn’t be too uniform or it will be boring to look at.

Instead, you can create multiple master pages. For example, create a master page for the first page of a feature, and a master page for the text-pages in between.

Your master pages should include things like your page numbers, the background you want to use, and any borders or designs on the edges of your pages. This also helps to make sure that there aren’t any inconsistencies in your magazine — you don’t want the page numbers at the beginning to be in a different spot on the page than the page numbers toward the end.



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Once you have your master pages set, you can start to make them more engaging.

Think of any magazine on the shelf of a convenience store. If you pick one up at random and flip through it, will you see mostly white or will you be greeted with bursts of color?

Color has a big influence on the look and feel of your magazine. It can even help to set the tone of specific articles you include within each issue. As you design your magazine layout, make sure that you’re thinking about the different ways that you can use color.

Not all of your page backgrounds, for example, should be white. Maybe the feature page has a patterned background or a photograph behind it to add some visual interest.

You can also add color in different ways. Consider making the headline text a different color than the body, or changing the border colors of photographs to fit an overarching theme.


Adding contrast into magazine layouts helps to make them visually interesting instead of too boring or jarring.

Contrast can come in a lot of different forms. You might know that you want to use the same font throughout your magazine for the body of the articles, but how do you choose a headline font?

You don’t want to use the same one — the key is finding fonts that set each other off nicely but don’t look like they’re fighting for space on the page. The contrast is important.

You can also add contrast with color. Selecting a background color for a feature page that stands out from an article page signals to the reader that the feature page is important. Adding a sidebar in a different color draws the eye to the information that you want to share.

There are lots of ways that you can play with this.


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Whether your magazine is print, digital, or both, you should always include multimedia in your magazine.

For a magazine that’s strictly print, this can look like photography, infographics, illustrations, or graphs that help to build on the stories that you’re telling. The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” might be cliche, but it’s also correct. Your magazine isn’t finished without adding media.

You can include the media mentioned above in digital editions, too, but you should feel free to do more with a digital issue. Digital magazines allow you to include things like video, interactive quizzes, audio, and GIFs. If you’re only including media that shows up traditionally in print, you’re not using the full potential of digital publishing.


Finally, before your magazine layout can be called finished, you should make sure you read over everything and check your work. It might help you to print all of the pages off and lay them out in front of you so that you can see how the designs of each page work together — or don’t.

This is an opportunity to see if your magazine article layout is harmonious, or if it still needs work before sending it out to readers.

If everything looks good, congratulations. You’ve successfully created a magazine layout!


Now you’re prepared to create a fantastic magazine layout that’s ready for print and digital publications.

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Four Main Types of Plant Layout

Keeping in view the type of industry and volume of production, the type of layout to be selected is to be decided from the following:

1. Product or Line Layout
2. Process or Functional Layout.
3. Fixed Position Layout.
4. Combination type of Layout.

1. Product or Line Layout:

If all the processing equipment and machines are arranged according to the sequence of operations of the product, the layout is called product type of layout. In this type of layout, only one product of one type of products is produced in an operating area. This product must be standardized and produced in large quantities in order to justify the product layout.

The raw material is supplied at one end of the line and goes from one operation to the next quite rapidly with a minimum work in process, storage and material handling. Fig. 8.3 shows product layout for two types of products A and B.

Advantages offered by Product Layout:

(i) Lowers total material handling cost.

(ii) There is less work in processes.

(iii) Better utilization of men and machines,

(iv) Less floor area is occupied by material in transit and for temporary storages.

(v) Greater simplicity of production control.

(vi) Total production time is also minimized.

Limitations of Product Layout:

(i) No flexibility which is generally required is obtained in this layout.

(ii) The manufacturing cost increases with a fall in volume of production.

(iii) If one or two lines are running light, there is a considerable machine idleness.

(iv) A single machine break down may shut down the whole production line.

(v) Specialized and strict supervision is essential.

2. Process or Functional Layout:

The process layout is particularly useful where low volume of production is needed. If the products are not standardized, the process layout is more low desirable, because it has creator process flexibility than other. In this type of layout, the machines and not arranged according to the sequence of operations but are arranged according to the nature or type of the operations. This layout is commonly suitable for non repetitive jobs.
Same type of operation facilities are grouped together such as lathes will be placed at one place, all the drill machines are at another place and so on. See for process layout. Therefore, the process carried out in that area is according to the machine available in that area.

Advantages of Process Layout:

(i) There will be less duplication of machines. Thus, total investment in equipment purchase will be reduced.

(ii) It offers better and more efficient supervision through specialization at various levels.

(iii) There is a greater flexibility in equipment and man power thus load distribution is easily controlled.

(iv) Better utilization of equipment available is possible.

(v) Break down of equipment can be easily handled by transferring work to another machine/work station.

(vi) There will be better control of complicated or precision processes, especially where much inspection is required.

Limitations of Process Layout:

(i) There are long material flow lines and hence the expensive handling is required.

(ii) Total production cycle time is more owing to long distances and waiting at various points.

(iii) Since more work is in queue and waiting for further operation hence bottle necks occur.

(iv) Generally, more floor area is required.

(v) Since work does not flow through definite lines, counting and scheduling is more tedious.

(vi) Specialization creates monotony and there will be difficult for the laid workers to find job in other industries.

3. Fixed Position Layout:

This type of layout is the least important for today’s manufacturing industries. In this type of layout the major component remain in a fixed location, other materials, parts, tools, machinery, man power and other supporting equipment’s are brought to this location.

The major component or body of the product remain in a fixed position because it is too heavy or too big and as such it is economical and convenient to bring the necessary tools and equipment’s to work place along with the man power. This type of layout is used in the manufacture of boilers, hydraulic and steam turbines and ships etc.

Advantages Offered by Fixed Position Layout:

(i) Material movement is reduced

(ii) Capital investment is minimized.
(iii) The task is usually done by gang of operators, hence continuity of operations is ensured

(iv) Production centers are independent of each other. Hence, effective planning and loading can be made. Thus total production cost will be reduced.

(v) It offers greater flexibility and allows change in product design, product mix and production volume.

Limitations of Fixed Position Layout:

(i) Highly skilled man power is required.

(ii) Movement of machines equipment’s to production centre may be time consuming.

(iii) Complicated fixtures may be required for positioning of jobs and tools. This may increase the cost of production.

4. Combination Type of Layout:

Now a days in pure state any one form of layouts discussed above is rarely found. Therefore, generally the layouts used in industries are the compromise of the above mentioned layouts. Every layout has got certain advantages and limitations. Therefore, industries would to like use any type of layout as such.

Flexibility is a very important factory, so layout should be such which can be molded according to the requirements of industry, without much investment. If the good features of all types of layouts are connected, a compromise solution can be obtained which will be more economical and flexible.

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