David Whitfield – Future Developments of Magazine and Video – Magazine Series

Hull's Musical Heritage

Hull’s Musical Heritage

As part of the future developments of the Magazine Spread, I have considered the other artists featured within the David Whitfield pullout.

I would look to pitch a further 8 issues of “Hull’s Musical Heritage” featuring The Beautiful South, Joe Longthorne, Mick Ronson, The Housemartins, Sade, Everything But The Girl, The Paddingtons, and Roland Gift.

By pitching further issues, it would show that a one-off pull out, can provide more content, which would make it a more worthwhile proposition to the publisher.

The layout of the magazine would stay the same, with different content, ensuring consistency, and that the only things that would need to change would be the text and image content.

Feature – The Rise of House Shares – InDesign Version with Issuu

After creating my feature for the Writing For Purpose strand of my degree, I felt the need to put my words into an InDesign spread, to see if the words would work within a magazine or newspaper pullout.

I created a blank 4 page document, with 2 columns per page, which I have used on previous booklets and pullouts.

On the settings screen, I left most of the defaults, with Paper Size as A4 Portrait, and left both slug and bleed as 0mm, but if I was to send this off for printing, I would ensure that it matched the requirements of the publication.


Settings for InDesign 4 Page Spread

With the 4 pages, I created 2 text boxes, each one being the height of the page, allowing for the margins shown above, and covering two of the columns, minus the gutter of 4.233mm.


4 page spread shown at 33% in InDesign

Using Google Images, I found a creative commons photo of generic houses that had a licence for non-commercial usage.  This is acceptable for using in the assignment, but I would have to change it, if the spread was used in a magazine or newspaper.  I felt that the image was appropriate to use in the document, but was too strong in colour, to use either as a background or as the front cover.

Using Photoshop, I changed the look of the photo, by adding a white rectangle over the image, and changing the opacity to 60% for the front cover image, and 83% for the background on pages 2, 3 and 4.

As you can see below, this allows the image to be visible, but also enough white for the black text to see over it later in this post.

Example of 0 and 83

Image shown at 0% and 83% opacity with a white rectangle drawn in Photoshop

By copying the text from the blog, and pasting into the spread, I was able to link the text boxes, so that any extra text can automatically move into the next text frame, be that on the same page, or the next.

The final spread is shown below, complete with the infographic created in infogr.am


Final Indesign Spread before export.

On finishing the spread, I was able to use the InBooklet feature in InDesign to export as if I was to send it off to the printer or publisher, and I also exported the document as a PDF, so that I was able to upload to copy to Issuu, where a copy can be found by clicking on this link.





David Whitfield – Pullout research – Roland Gift

Roland Gift, originally from the Sparkhill area of Birmingham, moved to Hull aged 11.

He studied at Kelvin Hall School, before moving to The Hull School of Art, and whilst there he was a member of a ska band, Akrylykz, as the saxophonist. After unsuccessful chart releases, Gift was approached by two members of “The Beat”, who Akrylykz had supported on tour.

Andy Cox and David Steele spoke to Gift, asking him to join a new band as the lead singer, and the 3 formed band, Fine Young Cannibals, named after a 1960 film, “All The Fine Young Cannibals”.

Between 1985, and 1997, the band released 14 singles, 5 of which reached the top 10 in the UK singles chart.  The most successful of these was “She Drives Me Crazy”, which reached number 5 in the UK, but got to number 1 in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and most importantly, in terms of kudos, the US, where it topped the Dance chart, and the prestigious Billboard Top 100.

David Whitfield – Pullout research – The Paddingtons

The Paddingtons were a 5 piece indie-rock band from Hull that were active between 2004 and 2008.

Comprising of Tom Atkin, Stuee Bevan, Josh Hubbard, and brothers Lloyd and Grant Dobbs, they toured across the UK, and supported Babyshambles on their tour in 2005.

They released 6 singles, with the track “Panic Attack” being the most successful, reaching Number 25 in May 2005.

In addition to the single releases, the band have released 2 studio albums, and 2 compilation albums.

David Whitfield – Pullout research – Everything But The Girl

Formed in 1982, Everything But The Girl comprised of Tracey Thorn, and Ben Watt.

Although not originally from Hull, they met at the University of Hull, and performed as solo artists in 1982, before forming the duo.  The band name came from the slogan for a shop, Turner’s Furniture, that advertised that they sold “Everything But The Girl”.

They had chart success from 1983 until 2002, but have not performed publicly since 2000.

As a duo, they released 31 singles, 4 of which reached the Top 10 in the UK.  The 2 most successful hits were “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” and the Todd Terry remix of a previously released track “Missing”, both of which reached Number 3.

David Whitfield – Pullout research – Sade

The band Sade were formed in 1982 in London, but 3 of the original band members, Stuart Matthewman, Paul Denman, and Paul Cook, were born and raised in and around Hull.

The band name is taken from the shortened form of the name of the lead singer, Helen Folasade Adu.

Since being formed, there have been two other members of the band, Andrew Hale, and Dave Early.

Active from 1984, they have released 23 singles, the most successful of which was their debut single “Your Love Is King”, which reached Number 6 in the UK.

They have also released 6 studio albums, 2 live albums, and 2 compilation albums.

David Whitfield – Pullout research – Joe Longthorne

Joe Longthorne’s career started at a young age, as he was born into a show business family, with both of his parents performing as travelling show artistes.

Aged 14, he landed a place in a local television show, Yorkshire Television’s Junior Showtime, and from there, he started to perform professionally in the Northern club scene.

London called in 1981, with the London Weekend Television show, Search for a Star, and from that performances at the London Palladium, and The Talk of the Town.

A glittering career that could have been cut short, as in 1989, Joe was diagnosed with Lymphoma, which eventually degenerated into leukemia.

Throughout his treatment, including a bone marrow transplant, Joe continued to perform at high profile venues across the world.

He has released 11 albums, but is more noted for his live shows across the world, and is back on tour in 2016.

David Whitfield – Pullout research – Mick Ronson

Mick Ronson was a musician who played as a session artist with David Bowie Lou Reed Bob Dylan Elton John and John Mellencamp.

As a child, he trained classically to play the recorder, piano, violin, and the harmonium

Ronson released five singles and six albums in his own right, he also released albums with David Bowie, Ian Hunter, and Bob Dylan

One of his last public performances was at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert, where he played guitar on Mott the Hoople’s “All The Young Dudes” and David Bowie’s “Heroes” although he was suffering at the time with terminal liver cancer. He died in 1993, aged 46.

David Whitfield – Pullout research – The Beautiful South

After the breakup of The Housemartins, two band members, Paul Heaton, and David Hemingway got together with Dave Rotheray and David Stead to form the Beautiful South in 1988.

As with The Housemartins, the band lineup changed throughout the active years between 1988 and 2007.  Other band members included Briana Corrigan, Jacqui Abbott and Alison Wheeler.

The band released 34 singles, of which 5 reached the Top 10, and the most successful of those was, A Little Time, which received a gold award on it’s way to Number 1 in 1990.  They also released 10 studio albums, and 5 compilation albums.

In January 2007, the band split citing “Musical Similarities”, which was a play on a usual phrase used by bands splitting, “Musical Differences”.

David Whitfield – Pullout research – The Housemartins

The band formed in 1983, initially as a duo with Paul Heaton as the singer, and Stan Cullimore on Guitar.

Throughout the bands active period, 1985-1988, there were various other members of the group, including Chris Lang, Ted Key, and Norman Cook, the latter going on to have chart success as a solo artist, performing as Fat Boy Slim.

The Housemartins had 2 Top Ten hits, “Happy Hour” reaching Number 3, and “Caravan of Love”, which reached Number 1, both released in 1986.