Christy Guan | Graphic Design | Visual Arts

Nic Joly - Life's A Carnival printed brochure design

Creative Arts magazine

University project to design covers and article spread for a new fictional magazine. The task also included designing the abbreviated title CA as the masthead.

As each issue has a central theme, I used single striking images with no other headlines or features. I believed that if the potential readers liked the cover, they are likely to buy the magazine to find out what else is inside.

Nic Joly - Life's A Carnival printed brochure design

Ideas for CA masthead

The launch issue was the most challenging as the cover would be the very first and only chance to leave a lasting impression. The initial idea of celebration had grown into a surreal scene merging vintage illustration with modern, graphic patterns.

Issue 1 cover evolution

Nic Joly - Life's A Carnival printed brochure design

Issue 1 final cover

Fairy tale themed issue 2 was approached with a more traditional, hands-on manner. The imagery used were hand illustrated, cut and pasted by me. Unlike the bold colours used for the launch cover, pastels dominated this issue.

Nic Joly - Life's A Carnival printed brochure design

Issue 2 final cover

Issue 2 article development

Part of the article title made from a single ribbon

Illustrated characters for the article: Peter Pan, Gretel and Hansel

Looking at the article layout in 2019, there was certainly room for improvement. I am glad to have experimented with an unexpected set-up that is whimsical and fun.

Nic Joly - Life's A Carnival printed brochure design

Issue 2 article final design

Issue 2 article final design

Nic Joly - Life's A Carnival printed brochure design

Issue 2 contents

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