Webzine – A webzine is a website which contains the kind of articles, pictures and advertisements that you would find in a magazine.
Some online magazines distributed through the World Wide Web call themselves webzines. An ezine (also spelled e-zine) is a more specialized term appropriately used for small magazines and newsletters distributed by any electronic method.
What is the difference between a blog and a webzine/online magazine?
Blogs tend to include more informal writing, especially opinion writing. They also emphasis a personal relationship between the writer and the readers. Blogs also limit the number of stories on the front page. Online magazines are designed so that multiple stories are highlighted on the front page or the site. Both types of online publications can have multiple writers, although bloggers tend to emphasise engagement more than magazine writers.
Characteristics of a Webzine
Here is a link to a webzine template. All webzine templates are similar as they all use blocks for each individual post/article so when you are using a different type of device, e.g. a phone, it looks the exact same but smaller, it means it is responsive. If a webzine used different shapes to display there articles, it would transfer onto other devices and look identical to the other versions, for example a computer to a phone.
Webzine templates have features including videos, slideshows etc. Since webzines can be used on different sized devices, e.g. laptops, tablets and phones, a lot of the templates don’t have small buttons for the articles, they tend to use big images. This is because when you are using a small device, you can’t click and navigate around the site easily. Because they use bigger images they use retina graphics. This means taking a large image with double the amount of pixels as the image the will be displayed as, and then setting the image to fill half the space.
The content on a webzine can be fixed meaning it will always be there. An example of a non-fixed is shopping websites, they are continually refreshing there content and you can’t find a item of clothing that they were selling 10 years ago.
Webzines tend to use categories that the articles are put into so you can find articles easier. With a physical magazine it would be a lot more time consuming when looking for articles that interest you. To also make it easier to find articles that interest you, online magazine tend to have search bars. Online magazines also have a subscribe/follow icon so you can follow them on social media or subscribe to the magazine so you get updates on new articles.
Online magazines also tend to have a clickable side bar that has different article categories as well as other parts of the webzine site.
Different magazines use different layouts, for example, Net-A-Porter use a grid layout for the homepage.
Webzine Logo Research
I like the simplicity of this logo as it doesn’t distract you, there isn’t too much going on. Also, the colours used resemble what the site is about and aren’t too out there. It also shows relevance to the website. I also like the font being it is basic and goes with the logo.
I also like this one because the font is easy to read and uses simple colours. Furthermore, I like the overall design of the logo because it is relevant to the site and is eye catching without being over the top.
I don’t like this one because you can’t really read the font. Also, there is too much going off in the image. Furthermore, I don’t like the lack of colour because it doesn’t draw your eye as much.
I like this font because it is minimal but not a cliche and standard font like Arial. Since it is quite simplistic, I could add colours and an image to make it more eye catching.
I like how this font looks like calligraphy and professional. I also like how it looks complicated but you can still read it. I would like to replicate this font for my site.
I wouldn’t want to use this font because it wouldn’t match my webzine theme. Also, it is a little hard to read.