Type Battle 31 // Slasher Magazine masthead

Ngoc Ngo's picture

// THE CHALLENGE

Create a masthead for a magazine called "Slasher".

Winner take all, no holds barred. May the best designer win.

// REQUIREMENTS

- Image size: 550 width x 400 height. 72 dpi
- Color: Black and White only (Red optional)
- Format: JPG or PNG

// ABOUT TYPOPHILE TYPE BATTLES

This is your chance to stretch your type muscles on a weekly basis. You have one week to create and submit your entry. Anyone may submit a design response to the challenge. You may enter as often as you wish. Post anytime. Critiques and comments are welcome throughout the game, from participants and spectators alike. Smack talk is encouraged.

As with any street battle, there is no panel of judges and no prize — only the ability to call yourself the best on the block.

Link directly to this battle: http://www.typophile.com/battle31
Link to the battle directory: http://www.typophile.com/typebattles

jt_the_ninja's picture

Hint...make the A in "SLASHER" large and with an inscribed circle over it...

Peace,
JT

Ngoc Ngo's picture

I suppose it's only fair to add some Red in the mix for this challenge.

Color requirements are now Black & White, and Red is optional.

Chris Keegan's picture

What kind of magazine is this?

dezcom's picture

A cutting edge magazine.

ChrisL

jupiterboy's picture

It is much like Head Injury Monthly, but tailored to the offender rather than the victim.

dezcom's picture

Whoops! I blew it! I thought the title was just Slash--oh well, here it is anyway until I fix it:

ChrisL

Quincunx's picture

That one is great, Chris! :)

dezcom's picture

Thanks!

Here is the whole word:

ChrisL

jupiterboy's picture

that’s a really interesting R

dezcom's picture

Thanks, James. I was shooting for a cut above the rest :-)

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

Off Topic--

Jelmar,
I just went to your site and saw your nice type work. You really made my day! I love the text you used for the samples. I just laughed my derrière of with the quarterpounder with cheese thing :-)

ChrisL

jupiterboy's picture

Always so incisive…

dezcom's picture

LOL!!!

ChrisL

beejay's picture

dezignated punster said: A cutting-edge magazine.

with killer content, sharp commentary,
and slice-of-life profiles.

eek, had to get that outta the system/

chris, pretty cool letters, could work for a skate brand. There's some interesting, dagger-like negative space between the E-R.

Quincunx's picture

Chris: thanks for the compliments! :)
I love those texts for use in my specimens. :D

genericboy's picture

Aaron, I love that first entry. Really really cool.

[semibad]

Ronlewhorn's picture

Thanks Andi! I'm having a blast with this. My current project at work isn't the most satisfying creatively so I get my fix with little fun stuff like this!

jupiterboy's picture

Join the club. I really like the feel of that first one Aaron, but it sort of combines a butcher shop with a mod feel—more Milk Bar. The second one gets more into the Psycho/Dressed to Kill mode, which is where the word takes me (with a Fangoria chaser).

@ Group—Not a drop of blood so far. Very restrained.

Ronlewhorn's picture

Yeah. James, a coworker told me that i should keep that on file in case we ever work with a fish market! Ha! yeah totally in that vein. Can't wait to see more submissions. I too am surprised there hasn't been blood splatter yet!

Ronlewhorn's picture

HA HA HA! Exactly! (*chocolate? Or actual blood?)

dezcom's picture

Brian,
Well done addition to the mag's profile :-) I never get that stuff out of my system!
Regarding the negative space, that was what I was after, not so much a dagger look as a kind of Zorro slashing feeling.

"@ Group—Not a drop of blood so far."
Regarding blood--I assume blood and gore images will be on the cover all the time so it may not be needed on the masthead as well. I do like the Psycho shower scene touch, Jupiterboy! :-)

ChrisL

jupiterboy's picture

Lite Soy with a dash of Photoshop.

Jan's picture

Not as literally. Tried something with – a slash. Still no blood.


Ronlewhorn's picture

Jan? Honestly?

Jan's picture

Not slashy enough?
This certainly isn’t Serial Killer’s Monthly.

jupiterboy's picture

I like it. It doesn't junk up the idea, like this.

dezcom's picture

ChrisL

Randy's picture

Im seeing this as more of a DIY home improvement magazine. At least that's what happened when I tried to build a driveway gate:

Ronlewhorn's picture

That's really attractive line quality randy!

cuttlefish's picture

That looks a bit more like it says "Masher"

Jon Evenchen's picture

JonE.

Jon Evenchen's picture

JonE.

Stephan Kurz's picture


handwritten and stabbed.

Stephan Kurz's picture

Jon, your entry does not look very slashy to me, rather like the local energy provider.

Kottis's picture

10 minutes of freehand mousing in illustrator later:

Jon Evenchen's picture

Stephan, your local energy provider looks very slashy :)
hmm..yours looks like...i don't know, definitely not a masthead for any kind of magazine.

JonE.

nina's picture

Here's my Slasher.

Slasher is aimed at the ever growing, design conscious and stylish populace living during the so-called New Century – a time in the (hopefully) distant future — whose biggest passion in life is taking life. Preferably with knives, but they are aiming beyond that and always willing to explore new possibilities and fascinating workflows. I am very proud to present to you below some previously unreleased rough drafts of Slasher covers due to appear in approx. 2152 AD (given that the editors are still alive then).

Appypollyloggies if anyone is offended by this. The tone is supposed to lie somewhere between Monty Python, Clockwork Orange, and some dystopian sci-fi flicks.

Special Offer: Download four exclusive Slasher covers!

Randy's picture

@Roniewhorn: Thanks. Q-tip in gauche/blood

@cuttlefish: Yup. Though Masher would also accurately describe what happened.

@kottis: love it!

nina's picture

Oh, how embarrassing. Just occurred to me, was I supposed to draw the letters myself?

Oops. ;-)

jupiterboy's picture

You can or can't, up to you. I only got one exclusive cover though :(, and this isn't Axer it's slasher. God, people always think they are the same. The Axers are so 19th century.

dezcom's picture

Randy's handyman Journal--measure twice, cut once...but cut the WOOD, Randy! you know, the stuff that emits sawdust instead of blood when cut :-)

ChrisL

nina's picture

Oh, the Axers had a big revival around 2153 AD, actually provoked by this issue of Slasher.
The thing with the target audience of Slasher is, being slashers is their lowest common denominator so to speak. They already live and breathe slashing, so nobody needs to tell them shit about slashing. What Slasher does is introduce them to new techniques from the unique perspective of a slasher.

Oh, and the other covers are in the pdf linked below the image – pasting them in here kinda felt like taking up too much space.

Jan's picture

Nina, there’s only the one cover in the pdf that you already posted.

jupiterboy's picture

snuk

nina's picture

Ow! Sorry. My brain had already gone to sleep. I've just replaced the pdf file.

eliason's picture

Font is FF Pitu. (More fitting than anything I could dream up myself.)

jupiterboy's picture

Nice Craig. So far I heart Andy’s most of all.

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