Locale Magazine A conceptual print publication focused on inspiring travellers to explore dream destinations with the local perspective.

Locale Magazine Covers

Overview

Specific Role

Art Director, Visual Designer

Duration

Fall 2017

Skills Involved

Graphic Design, Branding

Tools

InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

Team

Aurora Chiu, Emma Cheung, Patricia Chak, Karlie Kwok, Joanne Xiao

Deliverables

Final Business Plan
Presentation PDF

This project is a magazine business concept created in a upper-division publishing course.

With the mission to inspire a new type of travelling by connecting young travellers with the local, "insider" perspective, Locale is a travel magazine that guides travellers to see the unknown side of their dream destinations and to seek memorable and authentic experiences. Locale is unique among all competing travel magazines because each issue is dedicated to a specific city – our first issue focuses on the city of Vienna.

Specific Role

Art Director, Visual Designer

Duration

Fall 2017

Skills Involved

Graphic Design, Branding

Tools

InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

Team

Aurora Chiu, Emma Cheung, Patricia Chak, Karlie Kwok, Joanne Xiao

Deliverables

Final Business Plan
Presentation PDF

Process

Research

As the art director, I was in charge of creating Locale Magazine’s overall graphic identity and helping with the direction of content strategy. I started by looking at other competing travel magazines, such as Suitcase, Hayo, and Lonely Planet, and how my team’s magazine could visually stand out. I noticed that these magazines heavily relied on culture-related imagery to sell travel and to cultivate interest and aspirational value in the experiences of travelling abroad.

I also looked at onthegrid.city (side note: I sourced most of the magazine’s images from this website), which is an online platform where creatives from around the world contribute to local neighbourhood guides, and noted how the authentic photography and honest suggestions for certain destinations were used to entice readers of the site to be potential travellers.

Moodboard for Locale Magazine
Moodboard — Photography and Print Inspiration

Design Decisions

After familiarizing myself with the competition and collecting a variety of photography and print inspiration, I keenly went ahead and created concept sketches for the cover and spreads and then transformed these into digital mockups for our travel magazine.

For the mockups of the cover, I wanted imagery to be the prominent focus and to look like it was carefully chosen and styled to reflect the city. I also played with strong typography for the nameplate so that it would recognizable on store shelves. I sent these mockups to my team members to seek feedback and they really liked the second mockup as the cover to move forward with in the future designs. They were drawn to this cover because the nameplate was bold and the imagery represented the kind of style and direction we wanted.

Cover sketches for Locale Magazine Cover mockups for Locale Magazine

Final Product

Print

For the final design, Locale’s visual style employs clean, minimal, and modern design. All print issues include a photo essay on the particular city and offers a vibrant glimpse into the lifestyle of the locals. Each print issue is also given their own ambient colour on the cover to reflect the city’s personality and atmosphere. With its sophisticated look, the reader will want to display it in their home, or bring it along with them on their next adventure.

Yearly covers for Locale Magazine - Vienna and Tokyo issues
Yearly covers for Locale Magazine - Lisbon and Seattle issues

The following spreads focus on the city of Vienna, Austria. The spreads give detailed descriptions of places in the local area to visit and the visuals are high-quality and edited to follow a consistent colour theme and mood for the featured city. Its uncluttered simplicity and use of negative space lets text and graphics breathe, making it easy to read.

Locale Magazine spread 1
Locale Magazine spread 2
Locale Magazine spread 3
Locale Magazine spread 4

Takeaway

Overall, I was really pleased with how the magazine turned out. My peers were impressed with the professional-looking quality of our final product and the visual brand consistency in our presentation.

As an individual who loves using imagery to create colour palettes and dreams about travelling, I enjoyed researching/mindlessly scrolling through photographs and looking at all the cultural lifestyles and “colours” of these cities and neighbourhoods.