So already having finished the magazine project today, I was catching up on my late reading and realized that a lot of the stuff on the book already made sense because we all had a good amount of time struggling with the grid system and the layouts. However, one thing that I did wish I had read before actually doing the magazine project was the part where the importance of captions are explained. I really like the example images in the book. I wish I had looked into more examples of well placed image captions because I had a hard time figuring out what to do with mine.
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I never thought twice about the way newspapers or magazines organized their text. I thought they used grids because it looked “different” therefore more “official” than other texts. I’m not sure why I thought that. Also, I had already known that paragraphs were designed to organize text for easier reading on the eyes. However, I had no clue there are not set rules as to whether to use drop caps or small caps at the beginning of a paragraph. The space between paragraphs was also another aspect of writing that I always debated–to use or not to use in essays? But since essays for school are usually double spaced, I didn’t use it. I’ve have, however, used it for my magazine project since the text is tightly packed and not double spaced like with essays.
After reading, seeing how the layout of words on a page changes your impression on what your reading changes a lot more than just a visual aspect. It keep you interested and engaged in the content because if you have some text that isn’t so interesting yet you lay it out in a way that catches the readers eye- it is not all about the grammar and content and sometimes about the layout and design. I never really noticed how important grids were and how much they make a difference in organizing text.Now when I do my magazine I can try to focus on the layout and not as much on the content
I never thought about this before, so I found it interesting when the book noted that the more columns you have in the grid- the more flexible the base for the design is. I also like the idea that not all of the space has to be filled, an idea that really frustrated me when I did layout for newspaper and it had to be filled corner to corner.
In this week’s reading, I enjoyed the section on dropped capitals and other designs that can fill the space created by and indent in the text block. The way that the small caps help transition the reader from the drop cap into the standard font of the body text is so simple, yet very effective in design and aesthetics. One thing I learned is that as a designer, one can use titles or even subtitles in place of drop caps to link any images or themes to the main body text.
This image is from the Fader.com. This publication uses grids to organize its information, articles and columns. There are 3 main grids that show vertical columns and two at the top for the header and sub-headers. Overall it keeps the readers eyes moving as images and text are used (gestalht) to encourage our reading of the page.
What’s interesting to me most about grids is what seems like such a simple concept, is really quite more complex and descriptive. Especially with websites now, the whole organization of it is based on numerous rows and columns to try and attract a certain audience to their site. It’s described in the book as a “table element” in order to use not as a secret grid, but as structure for organizing content in columns and rows. Without this structure, especially for websites, it would not only be hard to navigate and follow what the website is trying to provide, but it would also be hard to find information, have a structured environment and be able to connect with it. As a public we like order so without a structure, websites would have a hard time attracting individuals to them.