To practice setting type and imagery, you will work in groups of three to design a magazine article for print.
Before your lab time on Oct 10/11.
25% of your final grade.
You will be working on this project for a couple of weeks, for which there are both individual and group deliverables. Please note that you are responsible for your own individual deliverables as they are assessed on a weekly basis.
Starting Sept 19/20
In this week's lab we will give you an introduction to the project, some time to form groups as well as an introduction to working with type in InDesign.
- Individually come up with an article concept. You will need to prepare:
- A title for your article
- 3 sub-headings that will appear in your article
- Individually find 5 high-resolution photos with a minimum resolution of 2200 by 1700 pixels. Google Image Search can help by using the "Search Tools", and setting the size to "Larger than 4 mega-pixels."
- Individually choose 2-4 fonts for your article. Make sure to:
- Identify what each font is meant for; headings, captions, bodytype...
- Look at the combinations and consider how they balance (weight, scale, style)
- Individually sketch 20 possible spread layouts ensuring that the sketches are no wider than 5cm (2 inches) across. Make sure to start exploring:
- Different hierarchies
- Relationships between the image and the text
- Approaches to composition for the spreads
Due in your Sept 26/27 lab:
- 1 article concept, title and 3 main sub-headings (per person)
- 5 high-resolution photos, printed (per person)
- 2-4 fonts, printed (per person)
- 20 spread layout sketches (per person)
Starting Sept 26/27
In this week's lab, we will critique your process thus far as well as cover InDesign in more depth so that you can start working digitally for the project.
- Based on the critiques, as a group agree upon:
- 1 article concept, title, sub-headings, and any captions or other text
- 8 high-resolution photos to work with
- 2-3 fonts for your article
- As a group set up your InDesign spreads and additional files so that all group members have the same:
- Page and margins setup
- Grid structures
- Required text content
- Title and sub-headings
- Magazine issue date and title
- Individually create a print layout for the set of all six pages (3 spreads). Take into consideration:
- How to keep the flow between pages consistent?
- How could you clarify relationships between image and text?
- How can you help the reader move through the text?
Make sure you are working with the provided placeholder text; you are not allowed to use any other text for your article's body text.
Due in your Oct 3/4 lab:
- 1 set of article info, 8 high-res photos, 2-3 fonts; printed (per group)
- 1 set of prepared files with clean folder structure, presented digitally (per group)
- 1 six-page print layout (of 3 spreads), printed at scale (per person)
Starting Oct 3/4
In this week's lab, we will hold the final critiques on your deliverables thus far. Your big goal for this week is to combine your projects into one final one.
- After receiving feedback and critique, agree as a group on a final design direction.
- As a group refine and create your final six-page (3 spread) layout. Make sure to:
- Print your layout as three spreads (11x17"); this totals to 6 letter-size pages
- Export your layout as a PDF
Final deliverables are due to Canvas before your Oct 10/11 lab and make sure to double-check all your submitted files to ensure they can be opened. Final submission includes:
- 1 six-page — 3 spread — layout (PDF), submitted to Canvas
- 1 citation sheet (PDF), submitted to Canvas
- 1 six-page — 3 spread — layout, printed and brought to lab
Remember that Graphic Design is a design course, and as a result the submitted package of materials and their quality should be considered a design problem just as much as any other aspect of the project.
Your project will be graded on the following criteria, a more detailed rubric is available on the course pages.
- Process — Weekly deliverable checks, final deliverable quality, requirements followed (4pts)
- Typography — Readability, flow, and type-setting considerations (7pts)
- Composition — Grid or non-grid based composition, balance, whitespace, article flow and focus (7pts)
- Unity — Unity of elements, structure and overall design (7pts)