Publication Design

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.

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Jazz Journal: Check out this contemporary newspaper. Notice the use of lines and simple shapes like x’s to make a texture. Images are minimal but type is utilized to make a strong impact.
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Designer As Editor (a thesis project): Around the world, designers are using the tools and methodologies of their profession to actively generate content, acting as producers, publishers and entrepreneurs. “By using Ink as a living experiment, my thesis reveals the nuances of the editorial process and showcases the construction of each issue through a series of paperback books called Transparent Ink.”

designer as author
designer as author
designer as author
designer as author
designer as author
designer as author


A great example of sections defined by bold type and color
sections and type color

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.