Assignment 05.11: Advanced Layout


The pri­mary goal if this assign­ment is to uti­lize print pro­duc­tion soft­ware and skills to cre­ate a port­fo­lio qual­ity lit­er­ary jour­nal with imagery and typog­ra­phy. The project will uti­lize con­tem­po­rary pro­duc­tion prac­tices, includ­ing project orga­ni­za­tion, work flows, and soft­ware tools to facil­i­tate production.


Using the defined files, fonts and grids, develop a cre­ative, yet fairly con­sis­tent lay­out for a using using the sup­ple­men­tal con­tent. Expres­sive use of lay­out and orga­ni­za­tion should sup­port the con­cep­tual and top­i­cal con­tent. The lay­out should focus on read­abil­ity more than legibility.


  • Kane, p 90–176, 178–255.
  • Bringhurst, Chap­ter 8 p 143–178.


Cre­ate a mag­a­zine-style jour­nal cen­tered around the theme of space using sup­ple­men­tal con­tent. Develop a 12 page sad­dle stitch book, plus 4 pages as com­plete cover, using skills tech and strate­gies of pre­vi­ous courses and lec­tures. Focus is on edi­to­r­ial design of indi­vid­ual sec­tions, but also with the gen­eral flow of the doc­u­ment. Con­tent is flex­i­ble, but each story must have text, image, head­line and appro­pri­ate credits.

Part One

Research, con­cep­tu­al­ize, sketch and develop ideas to inte­grate con­tent order, basic type set­tings and over­all feel. Present elec­tron­i­cally pro­duced sketches for peer review. Final page size is 8 x 10 in, full bleed with no restric­tion on color. Images, lay­out and styl­is­tic deci­sions are up to designer. Develop your own grid based on the restricted font choices of Univers (Neue Haas Unica or Nim­bus Sans from Adobe Fonts) and Utopia typefaces.

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Part Two

Using nam­ing con­ven­tions for style sheets and files (ex: head­ing 01, subhead01, etc), con­tinue to develop con­cepts and lay­outs, using daily class dis­cus­sions to make revi­sions and improve the look of the entire doc­u­ment. Meet with your peers to make deci­sions on indi­vid­ual sequence, lay­out and styl­is­tic issues. Present rough dig­i­tal prints for peer review and pub­lic dis­play. Rough mock­ups are also valu­able tools for corrections.

Part Three

Print the cover on card stock and the inte­rior pages on text paper. Pro­duce the appro­pri­ate mock-up of your design for review in class. Present all dig­i­tal files on the class server for review by the instruc­tor, includ­ing proper nam­ing and structure.


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine exer­cise score: Assign­ment 05.11: Advanced Layout


Read­abil­ity, Leg­i­bil­ity, image edit­ing, Link man­age­ment, Font man­age­ment, Text tool, Sav­ing, file struc­ture, PDF creation


Lay­out paper, pen­cil, Adobe Inde­sign, Illus­tra­tor and/or Pho­to­shop, access to b/w and color laser printer, matte board, ruler, cut­ting tool


As defined by cor­re­spond­ing cal­en­dar item, drop­box, dis­cus­sion or con­tent topic description.