DIGITAL BRAND DEVELOPMENT
In order to relaunch the historical fashion and lifestyle magazine Grazia, Mondadori started from the digital.
Research, strategy, product definition
The goal was to create a contemporary webmagazine, mirror of the new Italian lifestyle, preserving the heritage of the brand and projecting it in the digital landscape.
We started by working on a benchmark of the current trends in the fashion news market among the target: it was clear that the emerging traits were the maturity of the blogging form and the rising use of social media, this led us to a more personal, more spontaneous and less institutional approach.
following the guidelines for our communication strategy the webmag had to
- work with young collaborators vital part of the Italian fashion environment
- use a direct narrative both visually and content wise, close to the blog form
- content had to be strongly focused on people, talents and events stories
- be integrated with the social media
Design & Art Direction
Together with the design team we developed the whole Experience tracing user personas, information architecture and user interface.
We experimented with different layouts inspired by the blog logic.
Finally we decided for a very tablet targeted layout with an unusual left column and a huge slideshow that functioned as a real print magazine cover.
We developed a clean Art Direction, light and strongly image based. Visual UI components were strictly black and white and the typography was both classic and legible with a serif Georgia for the body and titles, and modern with the use of the Futura derived Brand Grotesque for the secondary menu buttons, in order to elevate the tone.
After the first rendition we conducted a series of focus groups and moderated in-person usability testing, clicking testing and heuristic evaluation.
As always, I defined the product timeline with the project manager, CTO and stakeholders in order to prioritise and negotiate features for launch and beyond.
We set up the tone of voice, the content and social media guidelines as a reference manual for the content creators and we supported the editorial team for the first period. We chose and worked with musicians, filmmakers, photographers and illustrators mentoring the artists in the creation of videos, sound design and photographic content.
The identity of the whole project focused on the "IT" concept: both as a reminder of the new acquired domain of Grazia.it and the trendsetting agenda the magazine wanted to trace: the IT girls, the IT events, the IT places, etc.
We also worked on the handwriting and calligraphy together with Mondadori internal Art Directors.
The project had a strong art direction part for which we developed the tone of voice, the content and social media guidelines.
We chose and worked with musicians, filmmakers, photographers and illustrators mentoring the artists in the creation of videos, sound design and photographic content.
Graziana was a fictional character developed by S.C. Artroom. Supposed to function as a host of the website, wearing current fashion collections (here in Prada and Jilsander) and giving style advices. Never fully developed