How to turn a print edition into an interactive magazine? Start off with choosing interactive features you want to use in your magazine and then design icons.
These 9 features are used almost in every interactive magazine. We can even call them “standard features” or “basic features”. Every standard feature usually has its own icon. There are some examples of icons from existing magazines.
Depending on specific of a magazine you might need additional icons:
Recipe, Rotate your device, Map, Zoom, Social networks, Share, Pan and zoom, How to, Tip, Quote or any other button which might be useful.
Design an icon set for the magazine. Keep in mind these 4 simple things: shape, size, colour, description.
An icon set consist of 5–10 icons, most of them has one main shape (circle, triangles, rectangles) and some has specific shape (arrows or symbols). Let’s have a look at existing icon sets.
You can mix shapes:
Usually all icons in a set have the same size but that is not the rule.
There are 3 options:
- Use colours of your brand (e.g. National Geographic)
- Choose special colours for an icon set, which reader can easily recognize.
- Change button colour depending on a page design
Check my other posts about interactive features and have a look at the Navigation Pages:
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