Looking through a digital version of ‘Official Xbox Magazine’, I noticed how compact yet neat their layouts are. They look really great and so I tried to pull them apart to find what makes them stand out to me. The parts I liked I have implemented into my magazine.
The main thing I noticed was the use of line feeds instead of normal carriage returns. It helps to compact the text really well but still remains readable, with the help of small indents at the start of each paragraph. After some more research I noticed that many magazines do this, I had simply never noticed before.
The use of dividing lines in between columns is another interesting feature. This is not original to this magazine by any means, but I do think they use them well and actually serve a purpose in this case. The gutter in between the columns is not very wide at all and if there was no dividing line, I do think the whole article would be a lot less legible.
An aspect about the layout I found curious is the use of four columns, but with one of the four about half the size of the others. In the three pages I have chosen, this smaller column been utilised in three different ways. First and second examples are a sort of ‘feature’ column with a quote from the text and an image, respectfully.
While quite odd, I actually really like this as it splits up the large blocks of text which otherwise could appear quite daunting and almost a task to read.
The third example is a more traditional use and simple holds information about the game being featured in the article. I haven’t used this style of column in my magazine, but I do appreciate it.