Hilton Design


Type Portfolio: Zines

Evaluation and Reflection

1) Visual Communication:

In what ways does the visual communication/message of the piece meet the needs of the brief?

I believe our piece met the brief as that we demonstrated good teamwork and managed to collect all the essentials and put the together.

In what ways does the visual communication/message of the piece fail to meet the needs of the brief?

I feel that the content was a little jumbled and the communications weren’t as strong as i thought they should have been.

What are the strengths of the visual communication? Why?

Our strengths where that we as a group were full of great ideas, our brainstorming sessions never died and there were ideas flying all over the place. We also had a lot of useful equipment to experiment with so that also gave us a great advantage.

What are the weaknesses of the visual communication? Why?

We clashed too much with ideas and didn’t particularly agree on a few ideas suggested by others in the group. I felt that it was a shame that some of us didn’t agree on some of the good ideas being explored. Also communication was weak as that i had gone on holiday and couldn’t really stay in contact and work with the others.

In what ways could the piece be mis-read or mis-understood by the audience? Be specific about who the audience is.

I would say that the slang on the front cover could be misread and people may have not known what it meant. Also i gathered that the messages given out within the zine could be mis understood with the audience not knowing if its serious or just tongue and cheek.

In what practical ways could the piece be developed or improved?

More time spent together would have improved the zine by far! learning a little bit more on type would also help the situation making us feel more comfortable with the task.

2) Reflection of own working practices:

How was my time keeping?

I thought my time keeping was ok until the end due to the fact that I was away during the reading week.

How was my analysis of the brief?

I thought we as a group analysed and understood the brief averagely well enough to produce something quite significant.

How was my research?

My research was well and in depth with the history of Typology, though i think i may have to add to it the more i learn within the first year of this HND course.

How did I draw conclusions from my research?

I thought I’d research till the 20th Century due to the fact that then was the time technology properly kicked in making the research a little irrelevant to the assignment.

How did I use research to generate and develop ideas?

I used my research as influence, also researching and looking into other zines gave me an idea on how ours should end up looking like.

How did I use experimentation during the project? How can I make this more effective?

More time would help seeing as the more yo experiment, the more choice you’ll have for the final piece. I could only experiment with a few ideas though I really did not get enough time to document them.

In what ways did I show that I had achieved the Learning Outcomes? How can I improve this next time?

I found that my pages looking along the same lines as everyone else’s around me made me confident with my work feeling that i had achieved the outcomes. Though I could have improved my outcomes by not going on Holiday and getting more time on the assignment!

What parts of the project did I enjoy most? Why was this the case?

I enjoyed working on my own with my pages and crafting them together, this is because I don’t like criticism and don’t really like it when others watch me work.

What parts of the project did I enjoy least? Why was this the case?

I didn’t so much like the group brainstorming because of the amount of disagreement over agreement coming from our group.

What areas inspired me? Why was this the case? How could I follow these up?

Looking at how other Zines looked like back in the past compared to the ones nowadays. I could always look back at them for inspiration on page layouts and illustrations.

What areas were challenging or difficult? Why was this the case?

Brainstorming in a group, because you get a bag full of mixed emotions on others ideas, though this could work well, I didn’t think it worked in our advantage.

How can I go about developing and improving the parts I found difficult?

Dedicating more time to certain parts of the project, I felt I only spent a little amount of time on the practical parts of the assignment.

Do I need to develop certain skills? Do I need these now? Or later?

I need to develop more skills on how to create new fonts and the scaling of fonts, I suppose i need these certain skills as soon as possible.


Binding and Packaging


So the deadline was just round the corner and we as a group still had a significant amount to do. We had yet to copy all our pages, select an order, bind them together and package the lot.

Before copying them we first organised the order the pages were going to go in. We wanted to mix up out pages instead of putting them all together in groups.

Photocopying our final pieces was easy as that we chose to put two together and print them to make them A4 and have colour. We chose to copy them out as single sides so that we could stick them together to thicken up the pages.

We then went on to binding the pages together, we wanted to string them together but the string we bought was too thick so it wouldn’t have looked right, that then led us to a stand still as that we were set on using that method! Luckily one of our group members had a spare shoe lace, and that worked well and again gave that more made at home feel. It turned out looking like this.

We liked the thought that you could strap the zine around you using the lace like a bag.

I also thought of packaging the zine in a sandwich bag and then wax sealing it with a paw print cut out which I had. I got inspiration to do this from a book one of our members had.

I tested out the wax sealing method and I was very happy with the results during experimenting with the idea.

Although when it came to the final version, the process really tested our patience against the clock, there was ten minutes left and we felt the need to At least put the wax stamp on the cover instead of having to package it, so we did although we didn’t wait long enough for the wax to dry so the whole thing failed slightly which was a real shame!

All in all though I think we did well but the problem being was that there were such little times we’d be together due to absence and half term!

Here’s the full Zine presented in its final form.


Three Little Birds


On my last page I wanted to go for a lyrical page that lets the audience sing it and remembering the tune from a long time ago. I thought to make the song a well known one that most people should have listened to and enjoyed it. I went for Bob Marleys classic song- Three Little Birds. The reason being was because it was a happy song and would make our audience feel happy and know that every little thing is going to be alright! 

So how was I going to present this page? I was thinking of getting the colours that reperesent where he’s from as a background to add more colour to the Zine itself. I got coloured paper and begun to experiment with it. 

I went onto tearing the paper up instead of giving it a clean look due to the fact that I was thinking of giving the typography a clean feel.

Here’s where I felt I went wrong as that I’m totally not good at hand drawing type as I haven’t had much experience with it. 


I felt the need to write the lyrics out on plain white paper as that of I had put it on the coloured pages it could be hard to read on certain areas.

I layered the lyrics on to white paper which was then layered on top of different coloured sheets, therefore the finishing product looking like this!


Keeping Cartoon ALIVE! 


The same as my latest page, I wanted to catch some content from an old childhood magazine and collage/lay them out in my own way to make it more personal. The comic book I went for was an old Simpsons comic which I used to love and it always caught my eye when I was a kid. The page was meant to be an advertising for their productions. 

I had many strips to choose from the comics I had, but again I had to find ones that would fit into my page which did come across rather frustrating from time to time. Here are the pages that stood out to me because of the sizes and illustration within. 

Though once I had cut out the images separately I then noticed that none would fit in the page! Therefore I had to search more specially focusing on the size. I had managed to come across these cut outs finally that would fit in well! I experimented on where I would place the images and how I should lay them out.

Again I wanted to add a personal touch with some kind of banner giving it a message of keeping cartoon alive although there is no way of watching it.


Also I had to add the Simpsons title just so that people that didn’t recognise their signature look would fully know what it is.

I realise that I should have drawn it myself or maybe filled the whole page instead of just the centre, but I thought it would look more neat to keep it within the boundaries.

How to fall back to sleep


With this page I do feel a bit lazy on it but as I didn’t have too much time on my hands I thought it would be a good idea to go along with it. I thought to get the content from an old magazine which would contain some kind of pop art to stick to our kind of style. Here is the page I wanted to use.

However I ran across an issue, thus being the page size, so I had to choose the right content to fit into my page. Obviously I had to include the main illustration and title so I had to trim it down a little to fit it in to A5.


I then wanted to personalise it a little by adding a few Z’s to create more of a feel that what the page is all about. With them I decided to vary through a couple of fonts to mix it up a little. I experimented with this idea in pencil then finally went over in fine liner to perfect the Z’s that I found worked well.




I was given the role to create the title for the front page. I went with my font I created to give a static feel as if to reperesent an electronic screen cutting out, thus giving the message that we have no technology anymore. 

Like I did when I was thinking of ideas for the font, I sketched it out first lightly in pencil then added the points in the letters going in horizontal directions, trying to keep the whole thing within the 5mm border.




I then went over it the Type with a fine liner giving the outline a thick feel. After I done this I had to get rid of all the pencil marks and template.

Moving on to the distrubuter logo. I thought to make the typography nice and neat and give it a professional look as I wanted to make this a company that also distribute other Zines. I went for the flicky text to give the feel of the old days. I thought I’d place this in the middle of the front cover at the bottom so people could still recognise the logo quickly with ease.

I see that the alignment isn’t spot on but I feel that this makes it look even more homemade and brings a friendly approach to the Zine.

Music will never die!


Today I thought I’d start on an idea I had for one of my page designs. I wanted to make a page which gave out the meaning that music will never go even though there is no technology with a pop art style to it. I got a well known face to the music industry and illustrated what he looked like in to a pop art character. Here are the steps I took to finish him.

First of all I done a quick sketch up on how it’ll fit on the page in pencil.  

I then started to go over it in pen giving it a nice thick layer to give a nice finish. I also coloured in his shadows in pen.   

In the next step I then moved on to colouring him in with very simple colours like they do with pop art.   


To bring the message across in this illustration I chose to push out the message like this as I got the influence through pop art like this! 

I then cut out the message and tried placing it in different areas of the illustration to experiment in where it would look best.   


I decided to go on my first option then cut out the points that run off the page.   


Group Comunication


To proceed through this assignment keeping each other connecting so we knew exactly what we were doing throughout the time we weren’t together, we had to create an message group on an application. There were many ways we could do this going from emailing eachother, through Skype calls, through whatsapp and through Facebook. We went through these options and went for a Facebook group chat seeing as that was the most convenient option for everyone. 

 The Reason why we did this was that half the time we had to complete this assignment was during reading week… College was unfortunately the only time we’d see eachother in person. I believe if we didn’t have that week as a reading week we could have possibly achieved much more and maybe everyone in the group would agree with the other work within the Zine. Though being said I believe we did extremely well on staying in contact with eachother throughout the process.

Group Brainstorm session 2


Today we met up again to discuss our individual brainstorms at home. My pages layout failed to be agreed by everyone but we wanted to create something we all agreed on. Here are some notes we took down in to what we where thinking on.

We thought to make the theme of the Zine a bit pop arty, with a lot of illustration in it and not so much information in it. On the image above we had finally got a rough idea on who’s doing what. We got inspired by pages from a pop art book that Sam bought in, these pages inspired me personally a lot as I love pop art!

 Also Laura managed to find a typewriter! This was great as that we finally were assured we won’t have to hand write everything if we didnt want to! 

With the front cover we thought of a layout similar to this sketch I had quickly done.

We all stuck to the font I used for the “WTF?!” So what I’m going to do is go home, sketch the type up and send it to them to add to it. 

I also thought of a quick sketch of a computer covered in police tape saying keep out, murder scene- in a laughable manner to the whole scenario.

I thought it would be good to package the issues in sanwhich bags to give it that home made feel. I got inspired to do this by the picture bellow. Also I would like to wax seal the packaging to give it a personal touch.

We finally wrapped it up at all agreeing to doing as many pages we can to give us more options on what pages to include. Also keeping it full coloured and using different types of colouring techniques as long as it gives a pop art feel. 

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