LA – Basic Principles of Layout

TASK:

  1. Take a magazine, newspaper or book that includes images and text. Lay tracing paper over the top of three spreads (both left-hand and right-hand pages). Using a pencil and ruler, carefully trace the grid underlying the page layouts. Remember to remove specific text elements or images, and to only draw the grid lines. Note column widths and margin sizes at the top, bottom, and to the 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?
  2. Publish your findings to your WordPress blog and provide photos or scans of your exercise.

This document is based on a four – column system. The columns have the same width throughout the article. However, it varies in height relative to images and extended text. This system shows order and neatness.

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