Reddit user creates automotive magazine using shots from Forza Horizon 4
It's taken the internet by storm!
There's just something magical about the good old-fashioned car magazine. Publications like Evo with their gorgeous photography, slick layouts and top-quality articles are still the benchmark of automotive journalism and for good reason. People put real time and effort into making these publications as good as they are. The influence of magazines like Evo can be felt across many other mediums too and has inspired budding journalists, car enthusiasts and designers to try and make their own versions of this kind of publication. This is something that Reddit user Eric Yui (who goes under the username EYui) decided to do when coronavirus restrictions took effect in his native Taiwan.
Inspired by a community project that was done by a group of forum users years ago, Yui used Forza Horizon 4 to create some gorgeous images that mirror the kind of photography you'll see in an issue of Evo or Top Gear Magazine. He then used his graphic design skills to create a layout that looks as sleek and professional as any real-life car magazine. As you can see, the results are absolutely fantastic and his self-made magazine has taken the internet by storm!
"There was this community magazine that a bunch of forum members on GTPlanet put together back in the PS3 days of Gran Turismo 5, which I absolutely loved but never got to contribute [to]," Yui explained. "The idea stuck with me and as I grew up I also grew fond of British car magazines (namely Evo), so I began aspiring to create a feature using video game photos with that 'UK car magazine' look. I created a few sample spreads and posted it on Reddit, which to my surprise was really well received, so I decided to follow through with the whole feature... as Covid lockdowns kept getting extended, I thought to myself why not just go that step further and just create a whole magazine given all this extra free time I had? And that's how this project was born."
So, how did Yui create the magazine that's blown up all over the internet? He explained that "it began with a brainstorm of the kind of content I wanted... I typed out a general blueprint of cars, locations, types of features I wanted and just began taking photos over the course of the year. I'd then edit the ones I liked in Lightroom and saved them in a folder for later use. For the group photos with multiple cars, I'd take a picture of each car in the same location in-game and then stitch them together using Photoshop."
"Once I had a satisfactory photo of each car/feature that I wanted, that's when I started putting everything together as a magazine. I used Taiwan's mandatory 14-day quarantine (I flew back from the States to stay with my parents) to finish everything up, so the otherwise agonizing period of not being able to leave the house began a productive creative session. I brought along with me a bunch of physical copies of past Evo magazine issues and used them as inspiration for the layouts (as well as the source for most of the text in my magazine, as I did not have time to type everything myself). As I do not have InDesign I ended up using Photoshop to format everything, which turned out to be a painstaking yet fun learning experience."
The most incredible part of all of this? Yui is an entirely self-taught designer! "Since I am not a professional graphic designer nor do I have any professional training, at times I'd get stuck trying to figure out, say, a layout for a certain page, so finding the motivation to complete it was a big challenge. I'd wonder if all the time I put in or was about to put in would be worth it in case it doesn't come out as impressive in the end. However, all the positive feedback I got on Reddit, as well as from some design-inspiration pages on IG (shoutout to GFDA.Co and HiCo Design) really helped motivate me to keep going and boy am I grateful they helped me continue, given the extremely positive feedback the final product has received."
As well as doing this to satisfy his own creativity, Yui also wants his projects to inspire others to follow the same path as him or even become fully-fledged car enthusiasts out of seeing his work. "I hope my project can inspire other creators out there in the community who may have doubts due to not having a design background (I majored in Political Science in college) to just go for it, as well as for others to encourage them when they share their work," he explained. "I believe this is also the best way to spread car culture to the younger generation, so I'm excited to see what others could come up with."
As amazing as this project is, Yui is only just getting started. He's considering creating another magazine, this time with articles written from scratch as part of a community-based project like the GTPlanet publication that inspired him. He's also going to be creating content for his YouTube channel (which already has quite a bit of content on it) and photo sets (a fair amount of which have been written about in this article here). Eric Yui is a name you'll definitely want to keep an eye on in the car community over the next few years!