LT 5.3 Basic principles of layout

LT 5.3 Basic principles of layout

  • «Take a magazine, and a newspaper and a book that includes images and text. Lay tracing paper on top of three different spreads (both left-hand and right-hand pages). Use a pencil and ruler to trace the grid underlying the page layouts carefully. Remember to remove specific text elements or images and only to draw the grid lines. Note column widths and margin sizes at the top, bottom, and left and right of the main body of text. Is your document based on a two-column, three-column, or another type of grid? Which elements stay the same on each page, and which change?
  • Publish your findings to your WordPress blog and provide photos or scans of your exercise.«

First of all, it was a challenge to keep the tracing paper in the right place while drawing and also getting the content to show though while capturing the grids I made in the pictures. I started with a newspaper and found out that they did not have the same grid system on every page, but the margins stay the same. The first page I traced from the newspaper had five columns with 4,5 cm width. The other page had four columns with 6 cm width. The top margin was 1 cm, bottom was 1 cm, and left and right was 2 cm.

I found a book and since it was a novel it only had one column with 11 cm width. The margins stayed the same throughout the book with 2 cm left and bottom, and 1,5 top and right margin.

The magazine I chose had a lot of different grid systems, and most of them were very hard to understand at all, with text and pictures placed all over the place. I found one page spread with an understandable grid system. The first page of the spread had a big picture with no room for margins, and the other page had two columns with text at 10,5 cm each, 1,5 cm margin top and bottom and 1 cm left and right.


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