Chapter six on layout was my favorite chapter so far (and not just because it is the shortest).  I loved getting to see the different types of layout. I am always looking for different ideas and inspiration to design.

I find that at times, it can be overwhelming when you are starting from scratch to design something. So, it is nice to be able to look either online, or in other design books for inspiration.

I really liked the “works-every-time layout” as well. Those are all very different, yet good ideas for layout design when you’re feeling stuck. I will probably refer to these in the future at some point.

Chapter nine on visual appeal was interesting as well.

When I get the opportunity to work with photos, I always really enjoy it. I get to work with photos sometimes in the newspaper, but the style guide for that is basically always the same.

However, doing a photo essay is one of my favorite things to do for the newspaper. I like getting to do more than just insert one picture in the layout and that be it. I like when I get to put more than one photo – and more than one type – and get to arrange them. I also obviously like working with color, but that’s not always the case with the newspaper.

I loved getting to work with different pictures while I was making my magazine. I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted, but also felt overwhelmed at the same time. I like that I can look to other examples for help.

Visuals aren’t always needed, but can be really powerful. The very well-known term, “a picture is worth a thousand words” could not be more true. A picture can make or break a design.

I genuinely do like this book, and overall I enjoyed both of these chapters. look forward to reading more of them and finishing up the book.



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