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Verge Magazine, a collaborative project designed with 3 other students, targets ages 22–26 – people approaching college graduation and recent graduates that are looking for resources to expand their personal and professional lives. Verge delivers an urban sophistication to young creatively inclined individuals who are looking to break into the professional world with information on cultural events, music and fashion. Concurrently, Verge provides professional advice, professional practice, budgeting on an introductory salary and more.

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  • DESIGN BRIEF / FASHION+LIFESTYLE / GRAPHICS 3 / SPRING 11

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  • NAMEVERGE

    PUBLICATIONBlurb 8x10

    WHY VERGE?Combines Men and Womens fashion and lifestyle for an audience who is transforming into a professional life, and wanting to become a well rounded person.

    TEAM MEMBERSKrista Perkins (Art Director)Melanie McQuadeAlice ShrumMaggie Hirschi

  • The focus of this magazine is bringing in urban sophistication into lifestyle and minimal parts of fashion. This magazine is for young creatively inclined individuals who are looking to break into the professional world. Focusing on ages 22-26, our audience will be either graduated or approaching college graduation and are looking for resources to expand their personal and professional lives. By offering information on events, music, and other interests we will help expand the minds of these people in their personal lives, concurrently we will provide professional advice, on attire appropriateness, budgeting, and even how to make your social networking tools professionally friendly.

    The goal is to infuse our readers with culturally relevant information on trends, so that they are not only in-style, but focused in fashion. We want to incorporate different vintages (decades from which fashion inspiration is drawn) into our design style and our content. This inspiration was drawn from the life cycle of fashion, a trend is born, lays dormant, then has a tendency to come back into fashion. So instead of just showing attire that appears vintage we will be able to hone in on specific fashion trends and find what they are inspired by and what culturally relevant issues guided this trend. This exploration on different vintages of clothing will be used as supporting information for editorials and possibly features. Our focus will remain on content that supports the life our readers are seeking. We will help through fashion, entertainment, budgeting and general lifestyle interests.

    MAGAZINE CONCEPT>>

  • This magazine is targeted towards the lifestyle of young Men and Women age 22-26 in an urban environment who are interested in a professional long term career. Those who want to broaden their interest with different hobbies and activities making them well-rounded. Since our audience does not have a professional career they have to budget their funds. This magazine will attract those seeking sophistication.

    DEMOGRAPHIC >>

  • JASON is a 25 years old Caucasian and Haitian mix living in Schaumberg, Illinois (Chicago) in a one-person loft with his golden retriever, Charlie. He attended Columbia College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in Photo Media. He likes to purchase his clothes at trendy thrift stores downtown because he is on a low budget. Jason is health conscious and therefore shops at local markets. He often vacations with his family, because its cheap but also likes to road trip with his buddies or hop on a train to the Grand Canyon. The road trips create more opportunities for Jason to expand his portfolio. In his free time he walks his dog around Chicago parks because he loves the outdoors. He does freelance photography for events in Chicago like parties and weddings. He enjoys riding his bike because he likes public transportation; a car is not a necessity. He enjoys listening to old school hip-hop and classic rock. Jasons favorite movies are Boondocks Saints and The Hangover, and he enjoys watching House and That 70s Show. He enjoys reading Rolling Stone and the local Newspapers.

    PERSONA 1 (MALE) >>

  • ZOE is a 22 year old Caucasian senior at SSU graduating with a masters in Architecture. She is from DeSoto and she wants to move into the same city that her school is to start her career. She enjoys shopping for her food at Trader Joes, where she can purchase healthy items. Zoe likes to spend her free time amerced in the Japanese Culture at the Japanese Center in San Francisco. She likes to shop at Forever 21, Banana Republic, and Express because her parents send her a monthly allowance - where she has to budget her spendings. Zoe is known to vacation to Mexico with her family at their time share. She drives a Nissan Altima but likes to walk to Dolores Park. She enjoys underground bands and attends local concerts at bars and venues for entertainment. Zoe watches foreign and Indie films, but classical is always her favorite. The Food Network and Travel channel are networks she watches. Elle and Self are magazines that she reads on a regular basis.

    PERSONA 2 (FEMALE) >>

  • TO SUGGEST

    VintageYoung adultIntellectual

    SophisticatedStyleUrban

    Pop cultureNow

    BusinessPersonalBudget

    AppropriatenessConvenience

    StyleProfessional

    TrendyAffordable

    ComfortableAwarenessMovement

    Transformation

    KEY WORDS

    VINTAGE// style and trends from past decades in relation to now; being the best of its kind; representing the high quality of a past time; old-fashioned; dated.

    URBAN// in, relating to, or characteristic of a city or town.

    TRANSFORMATION// change in form, appearance, nature, or character.

    SOPHISTICATED// a person with much worldly experience and knowledge of fashion and culture. Sophisticated by education, experience, etc., so as to be worldly-wise; not naive.

    IMPORTANT WORDS >>

  • HOW THE AUDIENCE WILL RESPOND

    EDITORIAL: Since our target audience is transforming into a more professional lifestyle the magazine holds humor as well as formal text. This creates a more friendly magazine for the reader, but also is a tool for them in becoming a well-rounded individual.

    DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION: A combination of professional photography and graphic elements (color fields, textures, lines, transparency, shapes, etc.) to attract a young adult audience. The use of warm colors with a hint of cool accents fits the mood of our magazine(modern vintage).

    RESPONSE OF TARGET >>

  • WEBSITE: www.festivalfinder.comThis website helps you discover the latest de-tails on more than 2,500 music festivals in North America. Search your favorite genre or use the

    Find by feature to locate a concert.

    TV SHOW: Mad MenMad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City. The focal point of the series is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as well as those in his life, both in and out of the office. As such, it regularly depicts the changing moods and social mores of 1960s America.

    TV SHOW: Gossip GirlThis series revolves around the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattans Upper East Side in New York City. The young adults in this show depict a sophisticated fashion and lifestyle.

    Clothing/ShoppingForever 21

    ExpressTarget

    Banana RepublicEtsy.com

    Modcloth.comNikeToms

    Under Armour

    TechonologyAppleBeatsCanonNikoniphone

    ipad

    Musicfestivalfinder.com

    Other interestsIKEA

    AbsolutBud Light

    Green advertisement

    VISUAL RESOURCE >>

  • Vintage: James Dean & Elizabeth Taylor

    The influence of Elizabeth Taylor he became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywoods Golden Age, and one of the most famous film stars in the world. Taylor was recognized not only as a talented and award-winning actress, but also for her glamorous lifestyle, beauty and distinctive violet eyes. James Dean is a likeable renegade and nearly impossible to resist. He is charismatic and an entrepreneur. He was well rounded as an actor and also enjoyed racing cars. People re-member him for his timeless good looks and rebel like mentality. He is legendary.

    Present: Ryan Gosling & Zooey Deschanel

    Ryan Gosling sports a unique combination of youth, success, power, and style. His clean-cut, form-fitting suit is professional and complements the sharp intel-lect of his character. The ensemble has an air of domi-nance and commands attention and respect, making this slick outfit perfect for interviews or other events where you need to put your best foot forward. Zooey is a hipster for sure but her fashion sense is pure indie film princess. Over the years, this artsy yet elegant has become a rising style icon. Her many looks are, at once, cutting edge and charming throwbacks.

    HEROES >>

  • MAGAZINE DESCRIPTIVE PHRASES

    MODERN VINTAGEPOST-GRAD TRANSFORMATIONURBAN SOPHISTICATION

    DESCRIBING WORDS >>

  • Departments: Money Matters/ how to budget and save MaggieWorking your network/ managing and joining social networks MelanieShoes, Hats, & Bags/ Appropriate accessories KristaNext Month/ Experience culture in surrounding areas Alice

    Features:Interview Prep/ Quick tips & fashion KristaLoft your Life/ Apartment complexes AliceMens & Womens Fashion/ moving forward while looking back Maggie360/ entertainment for self-inlightenment Melanie

    TABLE OF CONTENTS >>

  • COLOR PALETTE >>

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  • ILLUSTRATION + IMAGERY PALETTE >>

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  • FINAL COVER >>

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    MOVING FORWARD WHILE LOOKING BACK JUNE 2011>>

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    MOVING FORWARD WHILE LOOKING BACK JUNE 2011>>

  • GRID >>

    outside: 1 ingutter: 1.5 in

    bottom: .75 in

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    final magazine size: 8 x 10

    bottom: .75 in

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