As you begin working in the world of publication design, it is useful to look at existing, award-winning designs to generate ideas for the layout, color schemes, and type choices. You might start by visiting the design section of a large bookstore, where you can find entire books devoted to one genre of design, or look through design magazines such as Print or Communication Arts. Below you will find a few of samples to get you started.
UNDERSCORE N°1: Look at the nice large margins in this example as a way to couple white space with full bleed imagery.
A great example of sections defined by bold type and color
More Editorial Design Resources
- Book Cover Archive
- Book Covers Anonymous
- Cover Junkie
- Design Council
- Design Resource Box
- Design Your Way
- Digital Publishing Suite Workflow
- Digital Magazine Workflow
- Mag Culture
- Martha Stewart Digital Publishing
- Society of Publication Designers
- Thinking with Type
- WIRED Magazine Experience
Josef Müller-Brockmann writes:
“The grid system is an aid, not a guarantee. It permits a number of possible uses and each designer can look for a solution appropriate to his personal style. But one must learn how to use the grid; it is an art that requires practice. ”
I recommend looking at a variety of interesting grid systems for inspiration from the links below.
While you’re at it, find a few magazines that you believe shows the best design example of CONCEPT, LAYOUT, and TYPOGRAPHY. Check out the resources below and as you look at the grid system, post your thoughts to your blog to share with the class.