Design, Food, Travel

Designing my first iPad magazine – Truly Malaysian

A few months ago I was approached by JJ from 84th & 3rd to see if I wanted to design a new iPad magazine that Jackie M was launching on Malaysian food and travel. I jumped at the chance – I’ve designed several print magazines before but I’ve never created an app and was dying to learn. It was a steep learning curve, fuelled by many a Youtube video and online tutorial, but slowly and surely I became confident at navigating my way around the often-confusing InDesign DPS system and now I feel like a pro!

I was fortunate to be able to work with Jackie’s delicious recipes, JJ’s amazing food photography and a huge array of great articles to design a magazine that reflected the look and feel of Jackie’s style. I had never interacted anything using DPS before but soon enough recipes were opening and closing, videos were playing, articles were scrolling and links were working. There were many long nights and weekends spent working on this, plus a trip away and 2 bouts of sickness thrown into the mix. But we got there in the end and have created a piece of work we are all truly proud of!

After a few back and forth moments with Adobe, we submitted the app and waited with bated breath. Would it be approved to the app store? And sure enough a few days later it was! Hallelujah! Opening up Itunes and seeing something I helped create in the App Store was a great moment.

Download the magazine now and check it out for yourself! Oh and if you are interested in being a future contributor please drop JJ an email at editor (at)

And if you have a design project you’d like to work with me on please email me :)

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  • Reply Amanda @ Gourmanda October 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations, what a great project to work on! I love Jackie’s food – this looks like a great resource. :)

    • Reply Swah October 2, 2013 at 9:59 am

      It was such a fun project to work on! Thanks Amanda :)

  • Reply Lisa October 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

    This is SO exciting Sarah, congratulations! Will definitely check it out :)

    • Reply Swah October 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Thank you Lisa! Hope you enjoy it :)

  • Reply Aga @ a matter of taste October 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Love it, great job Sarah!

    • Reply Swah October 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Thanks so much Aga x

  • Reply vegeTARAian October 1, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Wow it looks fabulous, you’re such a clever kitten! Well done lady. x

    • Reply Swah October 2, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Aww thank you Tara! And you will be pleased my workload has gone down a bit :) xx

  • Reply Tina @ bitemeshowme October 2, 2013 at 7:49 am

    You all did an amazing job – well done!

    • Reply Swah October 2, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Thank you Tina! xx

  • Reply Sara @bellyrumbles October 2, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your ‘baby’. Would of been a fantastic moment when opening iTunes and seeing the hard work you had put in to develop the ipad mag with others.

  • Reply Irene @ {a swoonful of sugar} October 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Wow, that sounds like such a big/fun opportunity you landed upon! Congratulations! It’s amazing how much we can learn from a few new challenges here and there, you seemed to manage it all so very nicely!

    • Reply Swah October 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words Irene, you’re a sweetie! x

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