National Geographic is well-known for their use of amazing photography throughout their magazines. So, I decided to do some research on their table of contents. During my research I found the table of contents attached below:
This specific table of contents in their December 2009 magazine caught my attention.
The use of color to draw attention to the page numbers, department titles, and the magazines addition/date; helps the reader decided on what page or section of the magazine they want to visit.
The use of the photo down the center of the page creates a division between the features and departments, but also creates a mood for the rest of the magazine. The way this photo was used to create this effect was well-designed.
As for the underlying grid, I am not completely sure what was used. In a way it looks like a modular grid but I don’t think it is symmetrical enough, but the grid has 3 obvious columns.
I plan to use elements from this table of contents to help draw inspiration for my project on modern farmer.