We are currently looking for a new cover design for our magazine. The main focus of our magazine is Japanese business, with upcoming issues covering topics such as the start-up market, innovation, robotics and AI technology in Japan. We would like a design that reflects these topics – and hence is not “too cultural” or “too touristy”.
Please see the attached images for reference. Generally, we have the following requirements:
1. We would like the JAPANMARKT logo (see also the attached files) to be positioned at the top of the cover page.
2. Below the JAPANMARKT logo, the title of/some keywords about/a short phrase about the three main articles of the respective issue should be listed. Feel free to use a placeholder text or the titles of three main articles from the last issue of 2017:
a. Gesund altern
b. Geschickt anstellen
c. Innovativ durchstarten
3. We would like a frame for the cover page. Right now, we are imagining said frame to be white at the top and red-ish at the bottom. The hex colour code of the red that we used is: #FA5D56 . It would be great if you could use – at least a similar version of – this kind of frame in your design and base your ideas around that. However, at the same time, we are also open to new ideas. So, if you want to switch it up a little and change the design of the frame or use different colours (possibly the grey that the “MARKT”-part of the logo is written in – the hex colour code for that is #5E5E5E), you are more than welcome to.
4. The size of the cover page is 210x275 millimetres.
5. We also need to indicate the number of the issue somewhere on the cover. Since our magazine is released four times a year, which is essentially the same as once every season, we are currently considering labeling each issue according to the season – spring edition (“Frühlingsausgabe” in German), summer edition (“Sommerausgabe”), autumn edition (“Herbstausgabe”) and winter edition (“Winterausgabe”). Another option would be to simply put the number and the year – for example, Nr. 1 2018. Or possibly, even both. It is up to you which option you pick and where you choose to place it.
6. The cover image contained inside the frame can be a stock photo, possibly a combination of different stock photos (like a collage) or even an image entirely created by you. All we would like is for the Japanese business aspect of our magazine to be somewhat evident when looking at the image (in other words, not an image that is “too tourist-y”).
7. We would like for you to assign a space on the cover image to the main title as well as a short description about the core topic of the issue. For now, it is okay if you use a placeholder text to indicate this space. Just for reference, the title printed on the cover image of our last issue was “Zukunftslabor Japan”, the description underneath was “Vom ältesten Land der Welt lernen”.
8. Regarding the fonts used on the cover image: Please use a font that goes with our logo. The font used for our logo is Agfa (Light). Inside the magazine we use Myriad Pro (for headers, for example, and the table of contents) and Minion Pro (for the articles).
9. Please make sure to keep a .psd, an .ai or any other editable format version of the cover.
10. We've previously relaunched our magazine design in 2008, 2011 and 2016. We would like a design that we can use for at least 2-5 years. For our previous designs, please see our archive: https://japanmarkt.de/magazin/archiv/ .
11. Also, please find the collected media data for the magazine, online news plattform, newsletter and the website of the German Chamber of Commerce in Japan under the following link: http://japan.ahk.de/fileadmin/ahk_j…ten_EN.pdf .