Exeposé – Ninth issue – 2016-2017

We’ve been working on paper distribution and pick-up recently, and luckily our efforts were rewarded, as this issue flew off the shelves (thanks in part to that bold red stamp, I reckon). Spending the day handing out papers in Devonshire House worked wonders…

This issue was the start of something special, in my books – I was busy with an essay or two, and although I still found myself inextricably involved, I hardly touched the section editors’ design work as it was all so perfectly done. Music, in particular, deserve special praise for their fitting tribute to Leonard Cohen.

PearShaped Annual 2016

Over the summer, I’ve been working on a very exciting project…

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PearShaped
is a student music magazine at the University of Exeter, and although they publish primarily on an online platform, they also have a print annual. This year, I was approached to design it myself (the society President had been impressed by my design work for Exeposé).

I was given a very generous brief: they were simply looking for a black/white/green theme, and my stylish, minimalist preferences were clearly expected.

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For about a month, I worked incredibly long hours putting together this 60-page Freshers’ Week annual. Aside from setting up an exciting, original design – based loosely on the previous year’s edition – I also really wanted to make use of the opportunity by setting up pages which can only ever be seen in a magazine form. For me, this meant the opportunity to have a full-page image, with the text placed neatly over it.

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I established an ‘edgy’ angular title text box for each page in PearShaped’s (lovely) signature green, and sometimes with a black header – labelling it as a ‘Feature’ or an ‘Introducing’ piece, for example. And I also set up some funky pull quotes: each one featuring its own mini green symbol relating to the article or quote.

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Anyway, here’s a selection of some of my favourite double-page spreads…

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Despite the considerable – and often knackering – task, I completed it ahead of schedule, and I’m incredibly proud of the finished design: from front, to back…

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Exeposé – Fourth issue – 2016-2017

Issue 4 was the Freshers’ Issue, which meant it could feature Exeposé’s traditional fun and welcoming freshers’ front page. 7000 copies were going to be printed, which meant the pressure was on!

This year, we chose to parody hit 90s sitcom Friends, replacing the super six with our own stereotypical characters (feat. me as a studious student). It took quite a while to find the perfect shot – carrying a sofa around all the while – and naturally the last location was ultimately the best one!

 

This is also the first issue with the new redesign, which I worked on over summer – inspired by the University of Cambridge’s brilliant Varsity (not York’s Nouse, surprisingly, although the styles are similar)! I’m really happy with it, and the feedback so far is exactly as I’d hoped: people have said it’s cleaner, it’s more modern, and it fits in nicely with Exhibit.

The main changes include tidying up pull-quotes, freeing up headlines (so they don’t have to be reworked in a desperate attempt to fill the whole page), and changing the font from Georgia Bold to Garamond Regular:

Georgia Bold vs Garamond Regular

 

And here’s a side-by-side comparison of the old layout to the new one:

A breath of fresh air

 

My co-ed Ben also worked on the front page header, which again is much tidier, and emphasises the important fact that our paper is FREE!

There are a few things which still need sorting out, but I’m pretty chuffed so far.

 

This issue also featured other big news for me: I finally bagsied an (email) interview with the incredible Josh Widdicombe, my favourite stand-up comedian. His answers were quite short, which made my task far more difficult, but I hope I managed to formulate an engaging and entertaining interview nonetheless!

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