I really enjoyed working on this project. There was just enough freedom allowed to get creative with the news page. I learned a lot with alignment and structure to a piece such as this. Prior to this project, I did not have any knowledge of InDesign, so I learned everything from scratch. I chose to use a 4 column grid, which worked out to be perfect for what I had in mind for my front page. I wanted to create something simple and traditional but still stand out in some way. I decided to only include 3 stories for the page because it gave me the most creative freedom. All in all, I am pleased with my final product, but wish I had made a couple small revisions regarding tightening up some of the formatting.
This is my first time designing a newspaper front page. While scanning through those mature newspaper design in class, it did not look hard at the very beginning. However, when I actually started the project, it became more difficult than I thought. As we learn the principle of good design in class, it is actually quite hard to closely follow all the rules at the same time. Although I kept them in mind when I was designing the page, I often found out I had to compromise sometimes.
During the design, I encountered several difficulties. The first thing is choosing typefaces. I had a hard time to find the appropriate font for my page. I spent so much time on decision making. In order to find fonts that can live with each other, I looked up the handouts and slides, and also, I just tried out different combinations. Now, I become more comfortable with choosing a typeface. In addition to typeface, placing images requires a thoughtful decision-making process. Picking a strong piece for CVI is not hard, but a bad placement of image for secondary stories can ruin your design. In my case, I tried my best to keep the hierarchy of the images and also kept in mind that I needed to balance the whole page while giving enough visual attractions. So I have three levels of image: centerpiece (the largest), runner (secondary), voting and Rosie (the third level). Besides, I also experienced difficulty while designing headlines. In order to fit the headlines into one column, I changed the suggested headlines of Rosie and Gerrymander.
I also made some design decisions. I left extra white space for the centerpiece, and its headline is all capitalized. For the decks, I used San serif typeface to differentiate it from headlines and body text. For images, I zoomed in the center image and placed the red “DANGER” at the middle to demonstrate the importance of this story. When it comes to the image of the gerrymander story, I cropped it and left the lady walking out after voting. I made this decision because I wanted to give a visual hint of the story that is about voting, but the infographic was too big to fit in one column. Other than images, the choosing serif typeface for headlines created a serious style.
Lastly, I learn that it always needs several iterations after you have your first draft. I usually set my project for a while and iterated it with fresh eyes. I also sent it to Professor Layton, and he gave me a useful suggestion.
Here is my reflection for my newspage project.
This is actually the first time for me to design a newspage. It’s hard indeed. I’ve never paid attention to newspaper closely before; I’m shocked that there are so many rules and components in a page. I struggled a lot on the layout at the beginning. Given five stories to use, I was hesitating on where each story should go. My first intention is to get rid of the gerrymander story since it’s kind of irrelevant. But after I began to put actual texts and pictures in InDesign, I found that I have too much space left; so I have to put all stories in it. But again, there is a chain reaction following. Besides layout, I think typography is another most difficult element in news design. And at the last moment before handing in the project, I found there are some unintended typefaces mixed in the story. I’m not sure I cleaned then all out. I also intended to create something interesting for the centerpiece, but my creativity was just dead. The software is not that hard partially because I have previous experience with it in c226. Overall, after seeing other classmates’ work, I think I really should work hard in later assignments.
The newspaper project for J463 was an easy process for me. I found the most tedious things were font continuity and a comprehensive flow of photos that took into account the photos’ composition and directional force. Overall, I found the process for this assignment as a creative new outlet that took me outside of my typical flyer designs.
Here is my reflection for the news page project. I promise I will add real text to this post before Tuesday’s class.
This was my first time using inDesign and designing a layout for a newspage. That being said, I am very pleased with the outcome of my project. When I was first designing the page, I couldn’t decide how I wanted set up my centerpiece. I knew Crestwood was the best story to feature but figuring out what picture to use and where I wanted to place it in relation to the title was challenging. At first I wanted to feature the title in the picture but it ended up adding too much clutter in the image. I decided take a larger font and print the title across the newspage. Looking over my newspage, I noticed a minor error. Instead of starting the Tera Moody story under the bolded title, I started it under the photo of Tera Moody. If this were in a published newspaper, the reader could end up reading the entire story wrong because they didn’t read the correct beginning. Other than that, I think I was able to create an easy flow for the reader to follow.This project helped give me a better understanding of inDesign. Now, I feel more comfortable with inDesign which will help me to be more creative on future projects.
Through this project, I have a better understanding of newspaper making process and more useful skills within InDesign. This is my first time to design a newspaper front page. Although it looks not very hard when are doing the exercise and looking through those published newspapers. When we started to manage and design our own newspaper, I realized that there are many details we need to pay attention to. When I finished my first version of overall design, I was not very comfortable the position of runner’s photo. And I struggle with alter the shape of text box. Eventually, I figured it out, and find a suitable position for this photo. And after going through the list of what we need to avoid for design. I did some final improvement, and finished my first newspaper front page design.
Here is my reflection for news page period.
In this design, I choose the five column layout, three stories, three promotions and six images(include the promotions).I focus on the directional force of images on structure. At the first image of Pennsylvania news, the women in the image looks at the right direction, so i put the image on the left side and the text on the right side. At the second image of Crestwood also is my CVI has a girl on swing toward the left, so i put the image on the right side and the text around the image which is a “L” shape. On the third image,I choose the runner image which the runner towards the right side. Then I put the runner image at same place as the first image to make it looks balance on the structure. Since three stories all horizontally, in order not make structure as layer cake, I put two promotions vertically.
And one thing that I add to increase the creativity is the blue element. Since both the Pennsylvania and Crestwood images have the blue color inside, I also make the label and promotions background blue.
I think I didn’t do well on my promotion that above the nameplate, the image is too stretch to see the image clearly. and I didn’t put enough space between deck and headline.
This project was a really good learning experience for me. As a news editor at the IDS, I’ve become used to working with newspages on a regular basis, but it is usually once the page is mostly finished and there is little designing left to do. Having experience with both graphic design and working with newspages, I didn’t think this project would be very difficult, but it took me much longer to complete it than I expected. I had a lot of ideas originally that didn’t end up being represented in the final design, mostly because they looked good in my sketch but the size looked wrong in InDesign.
However, I really enjoyed doing the project because I felt like I learned a lot about how to design a page. I enjoyed sketching out a plan beforehand and trying to stick with it, and I also feel like I now have a stronger and better appreciation for strong news design.
For my project in particular, I’m still not as happy with it as I wanted to be, but I think that’s mainly from the fact that I was unable to implement everything I wanted to into the design.
I chose the IDS’s display typeface — Chronicle Display — as my headline typeface because I enjoy the way it looks on the page, and I think it can be used effectively for typical headlines and also more display-style headlines. I chose Source Sans Pro as my sans serif font because it has always seemed very clean and simple. Both Chronicle and Source gave me a variety of weights, too, which helped in the designing process. I struggled the most with finding a body copy typeface, but I ended up going with Times New Roman, which I’m not sure was the right decision, but it seemed like a safe one.
Besides the typefaces, everything else was relatively easy, just more time-consuming than anything else. Trying to find how everything would fit together and how to get all the elements to line up with one another was quite tedious, but in a way that was ultimately very satisfying when I finished the page.
This is the first project for this graphic design course. I chose the contaminated well story for my main story and center of visual impact. I wanted to include the girl swinging, the Danger Chlorine picture, and the Crestwood map. I could not fit all of these into the rest of my design, so I changed the opacity of the Danger image to fit beneath the girl on the swing.
Looking at the thumbnail now, I should have put a box behind the runner story to visually offset and separate the story from the rest of the page.
I had two bumping headlines at the top of my page, so I moved the gerrymander map image to the top of the story.
Here is my reflection of my news page.
When I first began working on the page, I have no idea what I should do first. I tried to use all I learnt in the graphic design course J463. I tried to began with the promos because I think a good promos above the title is pretty cool. I choose the super bowl as the only promo I use. I read a lot front page on Newseum. Then I decided to use a five column layout. I put all the five stories in my design and choose “poison in the well” as my center piece. When I fit in all the stories, there seems no space for any other promos. And I don’t think other two promos are important as much as the storied. I used four pictures in my design. I thought of using for than dour. But after I tried, I found that layout doesn’t seem clear as a news page but a little complex. So I took out the picture in Walmart. The two picture in Walmart story is not that much good and important among all other stories.