Basic Principles of Layout

Basic principles of layout

  • 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?
  • Publish your findings to your WordPress blog and provide photos or scans of your exercise.

Page 1: Column: 3 x 6.5 cm / Margin top: 1.7cm / 

Margin bottom: 1.5cm / Margin left : 1.5cm / Margin right: 1.5cm / 

Numbers of columns: 3

Page 2: Column 3 x 5cm and 1x 3.5cm / Margin top : –  /

Margin bottom: 1.5cm / Margin left: 1.5cm / Margin right: 1.5cm /

Numbers of columns: 4 

Page 1: Column: 6.5cm / Margin top: 1.7cm / 

Margin bottom: 1.5cm / Margin left: 1.5cm / Margin right: 1.5cm /

Number of columns: 3

Page 2: This page was only one big picture.

Page 1: Column: 6.5cm / Margin top: 1.7cm / 

Margin bottom: 1.5cm / Margin left: 1.5cm / Margin right: 1.5cm /

Number of columns: 3

Page 2: Column: 6.5cm / Margin top: 1.7cm / 

Margin bottom: 1.5cm / Margin left: 1.5cm / Margin right: 1.5cm /

Number of columns: 1

The elements differ a bit from page to page. The sizes and the placement of the images change.

The standard width of the columns are 6.5cm, but throughout the magazine there are some that are narrower.

The margins have standard size, but can be narrower or disappear totally if there is an image.

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