Please submit PAGE PDF before 2 p.m. Thursday
Please submit BUDGET PDF before 2 p.m. Tuesday
THIS WEEK LAB
Having learned InDesign, it's time to start putting everything together, visitor, and create a front page (due at the start of lab this week) for which you not only do the technical work and design work but also select which elements will provide the greatest impact for the consumers of your product.
Preparatory to that, we'll put together a budget (due at the start of lecture Tuesday) the will preview your news selections and give us a chance to discuss them before you finish your page.
In making your selectios, envision your audience and what will be the best overall package of material to feature.
Stories may be important or just plain interesting. Photos need to have impact and content, not just be related to text. Different items — and especially different entry points within items — may prove interesting to diverse readers under the "smorgasbord" concept of page design. We still need to keep related material together, follow basic strategies of effective design and make sure we're emphasizing the most impactful content we can find.
It sounds a lot easier than it is. Each of your choices has ripple effects, both in terms of content and in terms of design, for the rest of your page. If InDesign and design rules weren't enough to worry about, you now also have to worry whether you're producing a page that not only packages the news but also presents it — both textually and visually — as efficiently and as engagingly as possible. There's no one right way to handle the challenge and, unfortunately, an almost infinite number of wrong ways to proceed.
Keep in mind everything we've learned and talked about and see whether you can, indeed, craft a proper forest out of the many trees available. If you have questions or are looking for answers, check the site message board.
Also keep in mind that you will need to be triply vigilant, carefully checking your work for typos, non-modularity, raw wraps, gutters, missing elements, alignment problems and a plethora of other problems you should know not to fall victim to but can easily overlook when focused on other challenges. Proofing your own work and holding it to as high of standards as possible is extremely important in a project like this.
A new configuration handout explains a greatly simplified procedure that can be completed in less than a minute.