the Contents Page can help set the tone for a magazine/piece, depending on design and placement.
in the years that i designed The Cinematheque’s program guide magazine, it was always on page 3.
sometimes a teaser for editorial. maybe a riff on cover art. but always quiet, late-night desperation.
it was the last thing i would do before proofing or pre-press. because Batshit Crazy Deadlines.
these were always banged out in a rush.