365 Days Of Creativity: April Competition

Welcome to April's creative brief, the fourth of twelve we will be releasing this year! These are set directly as part of our 365 Days of Creativity project. Be sure to remember that these creative briefs will be released at the very beginning of each month and all the details you need will feature in these blogs posts. You can also find our whole 365 playlist over on the Youtube channel.

Ready to read more about your challenge for this month?

Lets introduce this months creative brief and then talk about how to submit your entry. 

The Brief:

Design a Magazine Spread 

For a physical or digital magazine that documents either creative lifestyle or
outdoor adventure/activity. 

This could be a fictional or real magazine.

You have creative freedom over the layout and assets. You only need to design one spread but are not limited to that number.

No need to write your own copy it could be sourced online or Lorem Ipsum text. We're interested in the assets you chose and how you use them in your design.

(It's also important to note that if you don't feel confident in working in Indesign we will except entries made using other applications. Although we do recommend you get used to working in Indesign for editorial projects, it's by far the best tool for this job!)

Techniques/skills to include:

Then either:

Be as creative as possible!

Videos which contain these skills:

Helpful hints/

  • Take a look at other publications. See how the style and imagery they use reflects the subject matter of the content.
  • Keep it simple, you don't need to use a tonne of assets just what makes sense and communicate the right message. 
  • For great free stock have a look either this site or this site.
  •  In need of a few typefaces? Try here or here
  • Need the finishing touch? Download free PSD's here or... you
    guessed it here.


You can submit up to 3 entries for this creative brief (details of how to submit included below.) An entry must include a refined design submitted as a jpg/s. Again we want you to get creative so points for innovation! 

In need of a little Inspiration?

Here's some useful references to kick start your creative ideas. Keep in mind that they are just to get you thinking. We don't want to see them replicated.

 bright creative brief layout examples
text creative brief layout examples
minimal creative brief layout examples
 layout examples creative brief
R creative brief layout example
drop cap creative brief

The Prizes


  • 3 month YES subscription.
  •  A feature on our youtube channel.
  • Free copy of the YES magazine.

2nd Prize 

  • 2 month YES subscription.
  • A feature on our youtube channel.
  • Free copy of the YES magazine.

3rd Prize

  • 1 month YES subscription.
  •  A feature on our youtube channel.
  • Free copy of the YES magazine.

Submitting your Work

To make the submission process hassle free, we will be using the Community feature on Google Plus. Each month we will create a Community for you to post your submissions to. All you will need is a high res JPG and a few details about yourself. This format means it's easy to find both your own and others designs as well as share your work. 

It's important to mention you don't need an account to upload your work so don't worry if you don't have one. The deadline for this months competition is written below.

Please upload your submissions as jpgs then include your name and a link to your portfolio in the written description. If your feeling a little unsure just check the mock submission we have posted and follow the same format.

Finally and the most important thing...have fun! Our 365 project is all about inspiring creative minds to produce new work and experiment with new techniques. We can't wait to see what you guys come up
with, good luck! 

Final deadline for April's creative brief is the 28/0518.
Winners will be announced on the 1/6/18.

Keep an eye on how long you have left to submit your entries for April's Competition! 


About the author 

Emily Melling

Emily Melling studied a degree in Visual Communication, after graduating she became a freelance graphic designer, specialising in Branding & Identity. She enjoys developing working relationships with clients and other creatives who are open to exploring new and innovative ideas.

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