Esquire – Space

 Esquire maIMG_3542gazine is a monthly print and tablet magazine, but the one being analyzed is a print version. Its physical dimensions are 9 by 12 inches with an average page count of 115 with sections such as: Man at his Best, Style, Grooming, A Woman We Love, Notes and Essays, What I’ve Learned, and Features, which are published in every cycle. Esquire is one of the most successful men’s lifestyle magazine because of their target audience of men who are “at the top of their game” as the magazine describes it. The Esquire man is successful, is a family man or someone in the search of having a family, but cultured and confident. The page length works because even though it is over a 100 pages, the length is not overwhelming to read.

IMG_3540When it comes to the cover, Esquire magazine respects its approximately ½ inch margin on the left, the right, and the bottom, and over ¼ at the top of the page for the subheadings. However, the title of the magazine bleeds onto the edges of the page, taking up the circumference its given. The cover picture takes up the whole page, and in this edition, the black and white photograph makes the magazine seem more serious and professional. However, it kept its bold red letters for the title. Limits in Esquire magazine when it comes to margins are very clear because its format contains that most pages that ae not an advertisement has a line of division between the margins and the context.

Within the magazine itself, the margins shift onto approximately 1 inch on all sides. The pages are mainly divided in three columns but there are a couple that only have two columns or even just one. The content of the columns varies from pictures to text but they are mainly the text that composes the article, along with a sideline story. When divided into columns of three, the columns are usually around 2.5 inches in width, while when it’s divided into 2 columns, the width is approximately 3.5 inches. Most of the organization of the columns is a straight-line, rather than any shape added to mold to the pictures. This type of clean-cut organization reflects the type of readership they have which is a very clean-cut, intelligent and cultured man. Also, Esquire doesn’t use a lot of white space since the majority of their articles are tightly packed with images and text. If there was to be any white space, it would be surrounding the title of the article and even then, the title would be playing with the font and colors assigned to that article. Sometimes, this lack of white space works because everything is very straight-forward but other times, it looks as if everything is too tight and the reader’s eye can’t focus on one thing only.

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Lastly, the picture-text ratio per page varies in all of its articles. Some page spreads will have no pictures, others will have from 1 to 6 pictures per page, and in others, the background of the page will be a picture.

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