Posted tagged ‘digital magazine’

You don’t have to be rich to read OceanHome magazine, but it helps.

April 4, 2010

I’ve been reading a lot of home magazines recently (can’t call them shelter magazines, feels very douchebaggy) because of another project I’ve been working on. OceanHome feels pretty small when you pick it up. Paper feels good, cover very shiny feeling, but not over glossy. I liked the super-bright, clean cover when I picked it up, but the more time I spend looking closely at it, something about the photo is bothering me that I can’t quite put my finger on. Is it the color, has it been really photoshopped? There’s a confusing lack of detail. At a glance it looks great, but spend any time staring at it, and details suddenly become fuzzy messes of color. Was the image really hard to color correct given the amount of information in it?

Coverlines are banal and completely inoffensive. There’s nothing compelling or exciting about what’s happening here. I wonder if they tried to get a shot of the Obamas for their “exclusive”. This is clearly aimed at the high-end homebuyer, and the issue is chock full of very high-end real estate ads including – shocker! – an ad from the real estate agent who manages the Plantation Estate, aka “The Winter White House” featured on the cover. The ad even uses the exact same headline as the cover! (more…)

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LOCALE magazine project

March 10, 2010

I’ve been working on this project for a couple of months now – it’s been an interesting experience creating this mini (digital) magazine. I’ll go into more detail later (because I’m lazy and it’s almost 3am), but here are a few pages from the latest issue which went out a couple of weeks ago. I’m excited about where this magazine could go design-wise, and the potential for experimenting once the production process has smoothed out. (more…)

October Custom Publishing Facebook page

October 30, 2009

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I’m building a Facebook Fan Page for October Custom Publishing (my company), in order to try and get us out there a little more. On there you’ll be able to view almost every page of every magazine we’ve either published or been hired to create thus far. I’d really appreciate you becoming a fan, and I’m happy to return the favor! Take a look at the page here. Introduce yourself!

GivingCity Austin magazine issue 4 available for download

October 28, 2009

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It’s that time of the year again where in-between neglecting duties to my family and multiple full-time job deadlines, we somehow managed to crank out another issue of GivingCity Austin. Please hit this link to download, and PLEASE send it to as many people as possible. We’re probably not going to do another unless we can find someone willing to bankroll it for us, so the more people that see it, the better chance there is that someone may want to.More pages after the jump….although I’d really rather you went here and just download the thing. (more…)

GivingCity issue 3 now available for download

May 27, 2009

UPDATE: Please download the 4th issue here!

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Been super busy the past few months and really haven’t had time to update the blog at all. We’re happy that the new issue of GivingCity is now complete (at last!), and we can move on to the next one – and get that one done on time! Please take a look and give me your feedback. Also, please please please send the link to as many people as you can! (more…)

Phew. Now back to work.

January 7, 2009

I’m a little messed up in my schedule right now, and keep waking up at 130am (assuming I was able to get to bed by then) ready to go. So here I am. The next issue of GivingCity magazine is now available to download here.

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I’m pleased with it but also glad it’s over for another issue, and I can focus on some other tasks. The next step with GivingCity is to start selling advertising in it and making it pay for itself. I’m pretty sure we’ve picked the worst time possible to try to start a magazine, and of course doing it entirely in our spare time isn’t ideal, but we’ve got to start somewhere right?

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Anyway, we’re always looking for feedback on the magazine, so we can put out the best product we can. Of course I feel like there are some shockingly bad pages in there that I now wish I’d done differently, but there’s also a lot of stuff I’m happy with, so I guess I’ll live. I do feel like it’s a big improvement on the first issue, and I hope the third is even more of a step forward than this was over the first. Please take a look and tell us what you think.

GivingCity magazine issue 1

October 9, 2008

I haven’t posted anything in AGES. My apologies to all (both of you). One of the reasons for that is we (that is my business partner and I) have been very busy both with our full-time jobs, our families and putting together and launching our first 100% original, all by us, not working for someone else magazine. It’s called GivingCity (was formerly known as GoodCause until some legal issues reared their ugly and not worth delaying things over heads).

It’s faster to copy and paste here what we say about the magazine on it’s own blog than try to describe it myself: “GivingCity Austin is formerly GoodCause, but the mission and everything else is just the same. GivingCity is a local Austin blog and magazine about philanthropy and volunteering. Our mission is to inspire, connect, and recognize donors and philanthropists – novice and experienced – and raise awareness about the needs of Central Texans.”

So, it’s a PDF only magazine, we didn’t print one. During the design process, we worked on optimizing it to be read onscreen, or if you’d prefer (though we’d prefer you didn’t) to be printed out and read, fitting readable spreads on letter-sized paper. Our goal is to eventually have both a print and digital version available. By that point the print version would be the primary product, with the digtal version probably acting more a supplement to or mid-month update or something…or maybe a seperate entity in its own right. Hell I don’t know yet, we ahven’t figured that out yet.

Anyway, I’m always bitching about other magazines, so now’s your chance to bitch about one of mine! Please follow this link to download the first issue – it’s completely free – and leave a comment either here or on the GivingCity blog. Seriously, I’m always looking for feedback, even if you hate it, please take the time to tell me why. I’m especially interested to hear about how easy/hard it is to read and navigate… there are several navigation options, some built into the layout, and the others offered by Acrobat or the browser/application your computer opens PDF files in.

We’re pretty proud of it, we did it on not even a shoestring budget after all. The next issue is due to be available on December 1st, and we’re working on it in our spare time and whenever we can (we do have full-time jobs as well!).