The last major project of the semester is the magazine spread. During the last two classes, we learned about the anatomy of a magazine layout. Please download the handout if you didn’t get one in class.
Here is the assignment:
- Design a magazine article: 4 pages, 2 spreads; design the magazine cover
- The trim size is 8.5″x11
Choice A: snowboarding – the text and photos have been provided for you.
Choice B: a topic of your own, but it must be approved by the instructor first. You will be responsible for providing the text and photos for the assignment.
- Requirements include use of grid, headers, subheads, dropcaps, indents, columns, page numbers, images, captions, margins, gutters.
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Every type book exercise is to be included. All of the exercises are listed below and should appear in your book in this order. The titles are based on the assignment sheets. Some of those handouts included more than one exercise. Hopefully this list is clear. If you have questions, please ask for clarification. Use the handouts as a guide for the number of pages included for each exercise.
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We covered three main topics during our last class that deal with spacing—tracking, kerning and leading. It is important to understand the difference between tracking and kerning.
- Tracking deals with the adjustment of letter-space which will affect entire lines or blocks of text. By adding tracking, the letter-spacing, which is the amount of space between the characters, will be increased or decreased. The goal is to have consistently even space between all the characters
- Kerning is often confused with tracking but kerning deals with the letter-space adjustments between a specific pair of letters. You only have to be concerned about kerning display or headline text. Certain letter pairs don’t fit well together, so the designer’s goal is to adjust the space so that letter-spacing looks consistent.
- Leading is the amount of space between lines of text. It is measured from baseline to baseline. It is important that line-spacing is not too tight or too far apart.
- All three of these—tracking, kerning, and leading—are important to the overall look and to make reading easier.
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So, we’ve made it through the first class. Hopefully everyone is feeling a bit more relaxed and you’ve made some new friends.
Here is a recap of some of the topics that we covered the first day of class. Hopefully this will be helpful if you need to review:
- We reviewed the syllabus, and if you need another copy, it can be downloaded COMD1127SyllabusSP2019
- Everyone should have access to their City Tech email. This will be the way that I will communicate with you. Please check it at least every few days so you don’t miss any important information. Usually when I make a new post, you get an email notification.
- In class we watched the following video:
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