Esquire: Furniture

Esquire magazine doesn’t make use of a lot different types of furniture, rather they use the same shape and idea for different elements.

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The element that they most use is the enclosing of something to make it stand out. Sometimes the shape that encloses an element can be a rectangle if it’s separating a sidebar or another article that sits in the same page as a bigger one. They also use enclosing elements for pull quotes within an extensive element, those can be layered over an image or they can be centered within a page surrounded by the rest of the text from the article. They also use the element of enclosing to stand out the section of the article or it’s subsection.

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These last ones don’t necessarily have an exact shape or color but they are distinctive enough that the reader knows that’s the section of the magazine or a subsection. These work because it creates a consistency and helps with the identification of the magazine.

They also use thick lines to add margins around a page that may be too heavy with text or that may otherwise seem too bland. This works because it creates a resting point for the heaviness of text in some pages which have no images either. IMG_3675

One more element that I was able to observe only twice throughout the February issue of the magazine was the use of arrows to either show that the article continued on the next page or the beginning of a paragraph that may have been lost when the page was too text-heavy. These break the consistency of the heavy lines and the enclosing elements but it works because there is some variety within the monotony of symmetry.

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