In the reading, Haslam “Layout”, I realized that there is so much to designing a page layout for a book or magazine. With twelve different types of page layouts to pick from, you need to pick the one for the kind of book or magazine you are writing/creating. You have layout using running text, text-based works of reference, text supported by images, multiple narratives: side story, using images in columns or rows, multilingual publishing, a modernist grid, pictorial pages supported by text, the spread as wall chart, comic books and graphic novels, passe-partout: the use of frames, and full-bleed pictures. I always thought it was up to the author of the book or magazine on how the layout of the content was going to be. Instead, it is a science to laying out the pages of a book.
Integrating text and image: working to your own rules:
Today, some designers are developing layouts that are less to do with visual arrangement rather based on the systematic application of a set of internationalized “rules”. Using the Secret Laws of page layouts seem to be confusing. I believe that is why some designers today develop without using these rules.
Books on visual culture
Books about visual culture, architecture, design fashion, furniture, and art are growing. Some books are manuals, while others give ideas for design fashion and architect. I enjoy looking at home design and architect magazines to get ideas for re-modeling our house.
The designer usually works closely with the photographer to order the pictures, also deciding how many should be paired on a spread. This may tell a story or order contrast. You should carefully consider the relationship between the photographic format and that of the black page, while others work better on a gray or white page. The caption positioning and style should complement the pictures, not create a distraction.
The above layout to me does not work that well for me. My eyes just jump around the content. It seems a little busy. Not sure how other people think about this layout.
The above page layout, I like. It is for a biography book or introducing fellow works of a company. It is straight forward and easy to read.
I understand the two layouts are not for the same type of book, but I feel if you get to “wild” it may make it hard to read.
- Do you think when designing a layout page, you should follow the secret laws of page layout or break the rules and design the pages totally different? Why?
- On an Autobiography, would you use one small image on a page or start the first page, of the content about the person, or use the top half of the first page, then the content.