parts of a grid

What are we doing?

  • Using Illustrator to create a 4 page layout for an article.


  • The requirements:
      • first page can be a title/image page, other 3 pages need to have blocked text
      • you must use at least one photo per page, more is fine (from stockxchnge)

      you can use Lorem Ipsum Text, or text from a NYTIMES article


  • Things to think about:
    • Margins & Grids
      Margins define the outside boundary of your page. They frame the content of your pages. Margins may not be equal all around (but are normally consistent from page to page or panel to panel).
    • Alleys & Grids
      When you divide the interior space of your page into uniform parts the white space between units are alleys. Depending on how you've set up your grid the alleys may run horizontally, vertically, or both directions on your page. In some designs this would translate to the white space or "gutter" between columns of text.
    • Gutters & Grids
      In a two page or two panel spread, the gutter is the inside margin. It's the space on either side of the fold.
    • Grid Units
      Grid units are the primary locations on your page where you will place text and images. They determine placement not necessarily size . That is, if you have a graphic image that is larger than your grid unit, it doesn't mean you can't use it. You would use your grid units to help resize the photograph -- ideally to fill 1, 2, 3 or more grid units and then to place that image on your page. *
    • Everything from the handout on font, size, length, emphasis, spacing
    • active use of positive and negative space in the overall design
    • incorporate the Principles and Elements of Design to create a stronger image



CHECKLIST: What should I turn in /participate in? What will be graded?

  • 2 initial sketches
  • The final design
  • Class Critique/Reflection
  • Classroom citizenship (attitude, effort, clean-up)


What should I make sure to do? What should I think about?

  • Design can communicat ideas and feelings. What do you want to convey through your work?
  • Check the rubric again to really review what I expect from you in your designs.
  • Make sure that you are in control, not the computer. Have reasons for the design
    looking the way it does. Go in and re-do or change areas if needed. There is
    no need to rush. It is quality over quantity.



What should I do if I need help?

Ask Ms. Epp. That is what she is there for!



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