Chapter 6 was interesting in that it gave great tips for layout. It’s really overwhelming to look at a blank InDesign document and know where you want to place things unless you have a very clear vision for what you’re doing.

Until I took graphic design, I didn’t understand the importance of choosing how many columns to have, what size margins to use, incorporating visual hierarchy and things of that sort. Even now, I still struggle with deciding upon those things because sometimes it’s difficult to see the importance of those aspects until you start trying to design.

With The Roar, we have a very basic layout that we pretty much continually reuse. I do wish that we would have branched out more with our layout, but with such a small team, that was difficult to do. I’m hoping with this magazine that we can get more creative with the layout.

Chapter 9 was information that I wish I would have known when I first began working in design. Photos can be so beneficial to a design, but only if used properly. If a photo is stretched or made too small, it can ruin the entire message that you’re trying to communicate simply because it looks that bad.

The book mentioned stock sites and places to get photos, but I say always stick to original photography. Copyright laws are just too risky to break, so I don’t like to take my chances.

But I really do love the use of photography in design because so often, photos speak way louder than words. In my capstone print ad and poster, I let the picture be the most powerful part of the ad because it had the capability to make people more emotional than words ever could.

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