Editorial- Trans children

The article I am creating an three double page editorial spread for is about the increase in young children who identify as transgender in the UK. It focuses on the story of five year old trans boy Tom at the start. It is positive at the start of the article it is told through his mother  and shows how supportive she is. Later on towards the end of the article it becomes factual of what a child who identifies as transgender options are and what the NHS says they can do to help.

I read through the article and pulled out quotes for possible call outs:-

  • “Cassie knows that Tom is very young to be transgender”
  • “Referrals increase 50% every year, from 97 new cases in 2009 to 697 in 2014”
  • “more than just a little phase.”
  • “anyone uses a female pronoun, he gets furious.”

  • “Mummy, why can’t people see that I’m really a boy?”
  • Granny still calls me ‘she’.”

  • “Her doctor told her that she that she needed to be tougher: tell her she’s a girl, and that’s the end of it.”
  • “the idea that some people are just “born in the wrong body” doesn’t do justice to the range of feelings transgender people express.”

  • “Gender itself is difficult to define, with a mix of social, medical and individual interpretations.”

  • “for the families of transgender children it is undeniably real.”
  • “Tom is telling me what he wants and this is who he is.”
  • “The majority of post-pubescent teens with gender dysphoria continue into adulthood with the same feelings, only 16% of prepubescent children do.”
  • “Hand on heart, I do think that Tom will be trans when he’s older”
  • “it’s OK to be the person that you feel you are, and if that changes, that’s all right”
  • “lots of young people talking about wanting to be dead.”
  • “We’re trying to help the parents to help their children to get to a better place.”
  • “surveyed 2,000 young people with gender issues: 48% attempt suicide, 58% self-harm.”
  • “young people much-needed time and thinking space.”

  • “Parents rightly want to support their child.”
  • “gender as a spectrum, not a set of binary categories.”
  • “break down some of the gender stereotypes around boys and girls being divided in school the whole time”
  • “gender choices all day long, and they shouldn’t have to,”

Imagery Ideas13140851_10208072843690840_1753257123_n

  • person half female and half male- too obvious maybe? could work as an illustration or photos illustration could work better as could have the same face but different hair and body
  • stereotypical objects connected to gender -makeup, tools (photos or digital illustrations)
  •  children’s toys – action man and barbie naked with each others head on the wrong body with private parts covered by black boxes (may be with body text in thought bubbles)
  • Shoes -as they can be quite specific to genders-laces do something (make text/images)- look at foot prints (benefit the surface) – converse logo with text in
    (These three sketches were done with a broken righting wrist, so they aren’t my best)

    I really wanted to do some hand drawn illustrations for the imaginary but I unfortunately broke a bone in my wrist making it nearly impossible to do without causing pain. So I have had to change to using photography to create the images.


Great Expectaions-First page layouts

In this workshop in pairs we redesigned the first page of Great Expectations. We were very constricted due to the small size we were given to design onto. The rag is really bad in the stand first and the body text it looks really messy because it’s all over the place. This is obviously something I need to keep in mind when doing the layout for the editorial spreads. I personally don’t like the font we used for the majority of the content as I personally find sans-serif difficult to read and I also think that it is an obvious choice as it makes the design seem very business like and traditional so there was no new feeling about the text itself just that it is in two columns instead of one. We also forgot to not allow from hyphenations and they always look extremely messy and all over the place. The hierarchy of text was difficult when doing this piece because there is so much to fit on the page this already made the page have too much information on it and no negative space to break up the information into more digestible and easier on the eye chunks.

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Football Shirts- Editorial Image

In this workshop in groups we had to design a image that related to an article that we had only just read in that session. The article was about the price people pay for football shirts and if they should include the sponsor’s logo on or are people just paying to advertise. For example people pay £50 for a replica Liverpool which still has the Standard Chartered logo on. This isn’t something that interested me in the slightest, this could be a good thing as it was more challenging to come up with any ideas for the imaginary. As a group we drafted a few ideas in sketches and we decided to stick with more obvious imagery for the design. We were playing with having a kit covered in logos and having money tucked into the shorts and maybe coming out the arms as if to show that all the club sees you as a money spending free advertising creacher. We were aloud to use images found on the internet as it was only a quick workshop this meant we were able to use logos and a image of a football shirt that we turned into a vector. I personally think that this image would work best as a hand drawn piece and have it full of logos to make the shape and not just placed on a image of a shirt. I don’t think the image is that great of image as it was very much rushed. I think with the images for my editorial spread I will take a less obvious approach to the imagery and lead the viewer more than just shoving it in their faces for this article it felt appropriate as that is what the advertisements on the shirts does.

Fanzine- Selfie Culture (editorial)

In this workshop in a group we were given a subject to create a fanzine on. We were given “Selfie culture”. A struggle we had as a group  was deciding what tone to go with for the piece, as there is many strong arguments on the subject. We decided to take on a lighter tone including a short piece on the first selfie, tips on how to create the perfect selfie, selfies in a positive light and one in a negative one.

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We decided to go with hashtags as titles as it links in with the whole culture of the internet and wanting people to find there face and like it. This is the same reason that we decided that most of the images will be squared as the most popular way of sharing selfies is the app Instagram and the app forces the images to be displayed as squares to mimic this in the fanzine. This is also why the front and back covers are displayed as rows of three square as this is the layout of an instagram profile.

I personally really like the ligature on the title on the front cover  because it makes it seem tidier. Something I would improve on the front  would be having the title covering the same space as a row of photos and having the grid remove parts of the text to make it look like a post on the instagram page that has been tiled.

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I have always loved fanizes as a publishing format (since a tutor on my BETC introduced me to the format). I love how quick and simple they are too create and that not a large amount of money is needed to create a run of them. I like the fact that they are made to look homemade and any layout goes and they are quick .Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 16.03.48

One I have really liked the layout in the past is one from home “bido lito!” (a liverpool based monthly music magazine that’s free). The magazine is always  printed on to pink paper and is each page is just a bit smaller than a A3 sheet.

A downside to the layout of the magazine is that they fit so much into each page that it can make it difficult to read. The reason that they do this is because they are free they take on a lot of adverts to cover printing costs and they need to pack as much as they possibly  can of their own content.

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Editorial Research

freestyle_magazine_5This magazine (FreeStyle) is an unique in shape it is round in  shape and it is contained with in a frisbee. It is designed with the idea of passing from one person to another (like a frisbee is). The content is about Art, Design, Photography, Fashion, Architecture and Music. It’s playful and is totally different to anything I have seen before. The designers have to be totally aware of the shape of the page and adapt this to the layout of the pages as the page isn’t the standard.


The layout of this spread (above), it is very clean and simple to follow when in print but digitally it makes me want to read from the very top of the page which isn’t were the text. It does clearly indicate where the start and the end of the text is with a simple box, making it clear that the piece doesn’t carry on onto another page. In terms of hierarchy of text it is very clear what is the title of the article as it is larger than the other text and is in a separated section of the page, but I am not a fan of the angling of the text as it isn’t done to fill the space which at a slope I would have done myself or kept the text at a horizontal angle. I  like that only a section of the photo has been used this gives the page the flow.


On the example above I really like the illustrations used on the right hand page are strong and the full page contains a lot of information. The fact that the illustration takes up a whole page gives it a definite hierarchy from the text as it is the first thing you are drawn to and it’s almost as if the text is just an after thought of the spread. Even within the illustration there is a definite hierarchy in what the illustrator wanted the viewer to take in, which is the large image of David Bowie. The layout of the page of the left with just the text just keeps the layout simple not to distract from the illustrations or the text itself.