For this assignment we were to call attention to our feature article with a dynamic opening spread containing the title and byline. Our goal was to create strong hierarchy with unique typography and/or imagery through composition, color, layers, and use of white or open space. The feature article continues onto a second spread where we were to organize body text and imagery paying attention to drop caps, pull quotes, text wraps, and other design tricks.
I titled the article "Ride Queer" with a focus on the LGBTQIA+ community and their history of motorcycle riding and motorcycle clubs. The word queer is being reclaimed by the community but still edgy and somewhat taboo. I wanted to make it the focus of the opening spread using bright and neon colors, not hiding but shouting. The type is broken and misaligned, like the misunderstood biker stereotype. Within the second spread the theme is continued with the drop cap and the overlapping images of faces, forming the myriad of types of people that make up the queer biker community.
This project was a great success personally and for my client (aka my professor). The dynamic composition and colors effectively catch and hold our attention while the theme is made clear through design technique and placement of imagery.