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Looking at layouts: Pig House Pictures



 Pig House Pictures Magazine is released quarterly. It is a platform for contemporary images with purpose and showcases the diversity of photography coming out of Falmouth University.

What I really like about Pig House Pictures, is its attention to detail when it comes to continuity without making each story visually the same.

There is always a neat left margin whether there be text or image running down it. The margin contains the name of the editorial and the title of the story, with the page number above. Simple details like this help brand a magazine.

Pig House Pictures tend to use the same fonts for all stories but will change the way that the font looks. In these examples tracking and the use of capitals has been applied to the headlines. This is a good way to change the dynamics of a story, whilst maintaining a visual signature within the editorial.


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I like the headline on its side in this establishing page. Not only does it look good but there is purpose behind it. The story is obviously to do with construction and so the letters arranged vertically mimics this idea. By using strong capitals and tightening the tracking, the words become dense, as the headline also describes.

This is a great example of how design and language can lend themselves to one another .



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I think for an establishing page, this is the weakest in my opinion. That is not to say it is weak, but that it does not stand out as much as the other designs. I think this is because of the smaller headline and the amount of words on it. Despite this, I still like the design and particularly like the caption, which balances out the text on both sides.



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I’ve placed these three layouts together because they are largely the same. I just wanted to highlight how the picture format can affect the page and how you use it.

This simple layout is clean and crisp and perfect for the introduction of a photo story. It’s versatility means that any amount of text within the column can look good and simple changes such as the width of the column or a line under the title can give each story an element of attention whilst keeping a strong continuity within the editorial.

Check out Pig House Pictures here and support their publication and Falmouth University’s visual storytellers.







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Identity crisis in Photojournalism

Identity crisis in Photojournalism

Are Photjournalists truly appreciated in the public eye?

“Anyone can get lucky with a few pictures, just like pretty much everyone has one or two dishes they’ve mastered in the kitchen,” said Brooklyn-based freelance photographer Scout Tufankjian, who has documented President Obama, the Haitian earthquake and Arab Spring. “That doesn’t mean that they can produce solid, compelling and ethically produced stories on demand. I make great hummus and kibbe. That doesn’t mean I’m capable of running a restaurant.”

“For many photojournalists, Hart included, the problem is not the iPhone, which is merely a device, after all. The problem is that using it—or any camera, professionally requires an understanding of visual storytelling, which is about sequencing and patience, framing, knowing what to exclude as much as what to include.” 

Quotes taken from:  ”Identity crisis’ in Photojournalism’, American Journalism Review.

Article by Jackie Spinner, December 2013. 

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