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Post by Noodle on Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:06 pm

A GOOD PAGE LAYOUT

A good page layout:
•Works
•Organizes
•Attracts viewers

WORKS
•It does what you set out to do.
•You have to know the purpose of a piece before you begin to design and lay it out. Getting the answers to a few simple questions up front will give you clear guidelines for creating a good, functional piece.

What is the purpose of the piece (the message of the reader should get)?
Who is the audience?
Where will is been seen (or how will it be distributed)?

Tips to help your layout work:

•Determine your piece's main message and plan your layout around it.
•Size the piece to fit it's use.
•Keep in mind where the place will be seen.
•Keep your target audience in mind when sizing photos and choosing type sizes.
•Check with the post to make sure it can be mailed.
•Choose a paper stock that will work in a laser printer if that's how the piece will be printed.
•Choose a light-colored paper and dark ink if the piece will have to be copied on a photocopier.
•Make sure that a logo is clear and readable at all the sizes it will be used.
•Choose a photo that supports that message.
•If it is a brochure, make it a size that can be easily held and filed.
•A magazine's title should be easily seen when it is in a rack.
•Make everything larger and easier to see if the audience is older.
•There are regulations affecting size, weight, location of information, and type of fold.
•Some letterheads, newsletters, and flyers are typically printed this way.
•Photocopiers do not reproduce all shades of gray.

Organizes
•It maps out a visual path for reads to follow - it shows what comes first, second, third, etc.
•If reads have to work at reading your message, they won't bother. Arrange and emphasize information to make your message as clear as possible.
•Tips to organize your layout:
•Use different sizes of type.
•Put colors behind and important areas of information.
•Use rules(thin lines) to separate information into groups.
•Change the weight of the type.
•Leave white space around blocks of information.
•Pick the best location.
•Align similar kinds of copy.
•Put pictures next to important copies.
•Put type in a box or give it an interesting shape.
•Call out items by putting bullets in front of them. (haha, what I'm doing right now XD)
•Use different colored or reversed type(white on black) to separate and emphasize.
•Headlines are bigger than subheads
•Semibold stands out but bold really stands out.
•The upper left corner is usually read first.
•Pictures attract the eye and reinforce the message.

Attracts
•It grabs your reader's attention and pulls them into your piece.
•A piece cannot communicate unless it gets noticed. To get noticed, it has to stand out from the crowd by being different from everything around it.
•Depending on the piece, that can mean startling, pretty, surprising, entertaining, unusual, or simple and direct.
How do you know which one to choose?
•The approach you use depends on the audience and environment (where it will be seen.)
•For example, a person wearing bold colors could not stand out at a beach party but would definitely turn heads at a black-tie formal affair.

Tips to create an attractive layout:
•Enlarge a photo.
•Tilt an image or a block of copy at an angle.
•Surround a very small picture or bits of type with a lot of white space.
•Use a solid black area or a large white area for a newspaper ad.
•Make the piece a different size and shape from other similar pieces.
•Have a photo of a bee cover an entire page spread.
•Colors in a text-heavy magazine will stand out.
•Use a square envelope when everyone else is using typical #10 used for business letters.

I GOT ALL OF THIS INFORMATION FROM MY NOTES IN GRAPHIC DESIGN CLASS.
SO I DO NOT TAKE CREDIT IN THIS INFORMATION.
I WILL ALSO BE DOING MORE TUTORIALS ON HOW TO BECOME A GOOD GRAPHIC DESIGNER, SO LOOK FORWARD TO THEM.


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Post by ☆Jullie☆ on Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:14 pm

Hm...I like it.Good job xD.
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Post by Noodle on Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:30 pm

☆Jullie☆ wrote:Hm...I like it.Good job xD.

Thanks, but I take no credit in it. c:
They're from my teacher.
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Post by ☆Jullie☆ on Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:50 pm

then your teacher is good at this. Very Happy.however..you posted it so it was your work typing it so good job.again.o-o.
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Post by Noodle on Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:52 pm

☆Jullie☆ wrote:then your teacher is good at this. Very Happy.however..you posted it so it was your work typing it so good job.again.o-o.

Yes, he is. c:
Haha, it only took me 15 minutes or so?
But thanks. :]
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Post by Hugo on Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:42 am

Page as in. An actual page or a website page?

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Post by ☆Jullie☆ on Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:26 am

Hugo wrote:Page as in. An actual page or a website page?
I think both.Lol.
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Post by Noodle on Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:21 pm

Hugo wrote:Page as in. An actual page or a website page?
I'm pretty sure it's both. It can apply to both, but not ALL of the steps can apply.
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