Project Brief

A massive solar flare has wiped out all digital communication! You’d like to make a mark for yourself in the newly emerging non-digital world. Our project was pretty simple really, step back a generation where Zines where a big thing! In a small group of four students we had to create one which would stand out from others and get the most buyers/ subscribers. Within the group we have four very open minded students, Rupert, Laura, Sam and myself.

First group Brainstorm session

During our first brainstorm we found it a little difficult to understand what we’re going to base our zine on and what its going to be called. Rupert bought up the idea of making the name a question in which would act friendly towards the audience and wheel them in. We thought of a few simple questions to put up such as, “How are you?”, “Where are you?”, “Who are you?” and “When is it?”. Though we all thought it was a good idea at first I came up with a better idea as to making it feel cool and down with the younger generation by using a bit of slang. We had a few to choose from such as LOL, WTF, FTW, LMAO, WUU2, etc. We all agreed on the phase “WTF” as it could mean a few things (can be child friendly!).

Onto how we could distribute our issues was another brick wall which we had to climb over! In the scenario we thought well, we’ll get rid of the use of cars and motors as it will spoil the fun and we could go a bit more wilder on this. Ideas emerged from one another such as, delivery by birds, dogs, cats, hand delivered by a courier. We thought the dog idea was good but i’m still not 100% sure on it.

With the content on the other hand it was proving to be rather difficult to decide what to have within our Zine, looking at an example our lecturer brought in did help a little but with the year it was made in didn’t really help out with what our generation would want to see. Bellow are a few pages from the Zine which stood out for me.

Ref. RIPPED & TORN – October 1978 issue number 14

I think we tried to adapt the layout and feel of the old zines and trying not to make ours so much like a nowadays magazine. We all thought of ideas for our content and here’s what we came up with.

  • Health and Beauty
  • Survival guides
  • Sports
  • Gaming
  • Comic
  • News
  • Comedy
  • Music
  • Movies
  • Illustration
  • Advertisements
  • Art and Design
  • Fashion
  • Fishing

As that we were brainstorming on the day we got given the Brief we all agreed on going home and doing a bit of individual brainstorming, rough sketches and doodles and getting back together on the next day of college. We set up a FaceBook group so we can still throw ideas about while we are apart from each other and this will keep us communicated.