Magazine Article

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This project is your opportunity to bring together all the knowledge and skill that you have learned from our previous assignments throughout the semester. Even though they do share some similar tools, and in some cases can perform similar design tasks, the three main software programs; Illustrator, Photoshop and inDesign, were created with specific purposes in mind. It is very important that you understand how those tools are meant to interact with one another as a design suite and therefore what to do in which program for maximum design efficiency.

In a nutshell, you should do the following tasks in each of these respective programs for the majority of ALL projects you might be doing:

MS Word

  • text writing and editing only, no formatting or design layout
  • spell and grammar check
  • find and replace


  • bitmap image editing (camera photos, cell phone selfies, internet JPEGS, etc.)
  • set image resolution
  • image cropping
  • final image sizing
  • apply any special effects
  • digital “paintings”
  • special effect typography


  • vector graphics editing (logos, graphics)
  • digital “drawing”
  • single-page layout
  • single-page typography
  • converting text to vector graphics (outlines)


  • multi-page layout (booklets, books, magazines, multipage PDF, etc.)
  • assemble images, text and graphics in a multi-page layout document
  • Multi-page typography
  • applying style sheets and master page elements



Design a layout for an article that would appear in a real magazine of your choice. Your layout must match that magazine’s layout or house style, exactly (choice of typography, page size, use of space, image treatment, folio and master page elements, style, etc.

A second key element in this assignment is your use of image as an illustration for your article. This main image must be from a piece of your own original artwork (drawing, painting, sculpture, etc.) Use this image in a symbolic or metaphorical, not a literal way to compliment the message . (an example of a literal connection would be to use a picture of a tree with a story about a tree. Don’t do that. An example of a symbolic use of the same image might be to use a picture of a tree paired with a story about growth.)

The topic of your article may be from a paper you have written for another class or taken from another source, the choice is yours, but your image must relate somehow to the subject of that text/story.

Step 1
Scan (do not photograph) a page from the magazine you are using. Pick a page that includes an article so that it will contain main body text as well as headings, sub headings, folio, captions and any other category or grouping of text that is a part of the “House Style”.


Step 2
Place your scan in a background layer of inDesign and type in a paragraph in a layer above it. Try to match the example paragraph typography exactly (typeface, leading, size, tracking, etc.)

Step 3
Once you have accurately matched the typographic treatment of this main text, create a paragraph style based on it and name it “Body Text”.

Step 4
Repeat this same procedure for all of the various categories or groups of text that you magazine uses in its House Style. Create Paragraph Style for each of them.

Step 5
Apply theses paragraph styles to your article.


  • Create a minimum of 3 pages (a title page + a two-page spread)
  • Use text (story/content) of your choice. You may write this yourself or you may copy this content from an article written by someone else.
  • Include at least one image from an artwork created by you
  • Use the image symbolically
  • Unify all page elements by using a baseline grid, document grid and column grid
  • Apply Paragraph and Character Styles to typographic elements
  • Create Master page elements, including folio information (start page numbering on any odd number other than 1.

Of prime importance is your attention to the presentation of the typography with ease of readability and appropriateness as your ultimate goal.

Refer back to the resources covering Typographic Variables, Choosing typefaces, Letterform.

You will not be printing out the final, instead turn the final version in to me through DropboxPlease title your file with your name. This final must be a Packaged PDF, which will include the inDesign file report (not a printed file although you must do a proof print to paper to proofread and copy edit before creating the final packaged PDF). After generating the packaged file, compress or zip the folder. Place this zip file in Dropbox along with a scanned or photographed image of a layout from the magazine that you used. Be sure to label the folder with your name.

Also add a photograph of your layout inserted into the real magazine. This should look as if your article/layout was actually printed in the real magazine itself.

So, You will be placing the following 3 items in Dropbox:

  1. Zipped (compressed) file of your Packaged InDesign file
  2. Photo or scanned image from the magazine you used showing the house style
  3. Photo of your layout pages inserted into the magazine.

Plan your time wisely, utilize keyboard shortcuts/hotkeys, use styles and master pages, match the correct program to the given design task.

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