Designing an Interactive Magazine. Galleries

I’m certain that all print designers dream to have such a powerful tool as a gallery. Galleries changed a magazine’s structure and make it possible to place more pictures and more information without overloading pages and without forcing readers to see all pictures.

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Readers can choose to see all pictures in a gallery or selectively tap to a preview images. Designers’ main task is to choose the most suitable type of a gallery for the particular pictures.

7 Types of Galleries:

Thumbnails. The most popular buttons’ type. Thumbnails give an idea of all pictures and a reader can tap the only ones he likes.

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Transparent thumbnails

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Icons. Often icons are used if pictures consist of many small details and thumbnails don’t give an idea of original pictures. Icons also can be used if there are understandable symbols.

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Numbers. Use numbers if buttons signify values, dates, charts, steps or as a alternative to thumbnails and icons. Look at Audi magazine screencast, it’s a good example of using numbers because neither thumbnails nor icons are informative in this case.

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Text. Often a few words can describe better than a picture.

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Galleries with multiple choice. Better Homes and Gardens made the best gallery, they combined 3 galleries into one with multiple choice and created unique feature for their magazine.

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Tip. There’s no need to place all thumbnails on a screen, use a scrollable frame to slide through them.

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