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Launching an Arts & Culture Magazine

Services
Branding
Logo mark
Publication design
Print production

The Protagonist

A magazine to match the culture of Melbourne needed an artistic design touch. The brand was about celebrating local art, in all forms, and the magazine would target both writers and artists. Therefore, the concept needed to be visually unique, without distracting from the artistic content.

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The bold logo, inspired by an ink blot, represents both the artist and the writer, simultaneously. Hand-crafted ink elements extended the brand identity, and flowed into the magazine. The end result was a beautiful balance between structure and chaos, sure to catch the eye, and touch the heart, of those who can relate to the messy process of all art.

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The challenge was to make the text-heavy content visually interesting, while also allowing space for the featured art and photography to shine through. While most magazines are based on a templated layout, we knew this traditional way of working would not be right for The Protagonist.

So, our answer was to do the opposite. Each and every page was to look different, but artfully repeat common design elements, to create a consistent yet unique style. The goal was to get inside the mind of an artist, so we even stepped back from the computer, took ink to paper, and created custom typography. 

By boldly going against traditional ways of thinking, we were able to deliver a solution that would appeal to the target market’s underlying values and clearly differentiate the magazine from competitors on-shelf.

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