Learning In Design

For Our Mono and Fanzine Project we need to learn different softwares, one of the softwares we have learnt is InDesign which is an Adobe software. This is where we are going to be creating our Fanzine and making the 4 MONO magazine Covers, I wrote a lot of notes during the lesson that we had an wanted to try and put majority on this blog in order to look back whenever they I need them and also to help over people that don’t understand it.

This will be a rather long post however I want to make sure I put all the information I wrote down on here, even though it may not make full sense to others as it is written in a way that I understand it.


Typography in the correct context

Are you really my type? 

Communicate to a mass audience.

STRUCTURE : with or without you


  • No structure
  • No hierarchy
  • No organisation or rules
  • Unrepeatable
  • Without logic or reason]rad
  • Random

Law and order

  • Structure
  • Division and sub division
  • Transferable
  • Repeatable
  • Progressive

Margins – the amount of white space that runs around the edges of the pages

Gutter – the area/space in between pages where the magazine is bound

When having a two page spread you don’t want the image to be centered as you will lose the image within the gutter.

There are ways around it depending on how tight the bound is. 5mm bound will not work as the bound will be too tight however a 2 mm may work depending on the image.

Pull quotes – Selective text from the bulk area which has been pulled out and rewritten in a larger and perhaps colourful way to make readers more interested.

Drop Cap – First letter of the first word is larger for decorative and visually appealing

Folio’s – Page numbers – repeatable

The cover is always page one.
Flat Plan – Overview of what you are doing with your magazine and allows you to see how many pages there are.

Can change multiple times if images that you want are not as strong as you think that they are going to be.

Fill the Flat plan as it goes along so you are able to keep track

Type for publications. It can be an artform, decorative, a single character or a collection of words

It visualises language and communicates it in a logical sequence

Headline fonts – Display faces – what do we have in common?

  • Powerful
  • Standout
  • Larger font
  • Simplicity
  • Interesting

Type of headline will be down to what you choose your fanzine to be about

Stop stealing sheep and find out how type work

Body Font – Easy to read in volume faces

Serif and San serif fonts –

Serif – better on the eye and easier to read whereas san serif is not easy on the eye and is very much like a block text. It is more direct.

Main headline – Specification on pages require their own descriptions to enhance the narrative

Standfirst or subhead – an explanation about the nature of the feature – who’s written and illustrated it

Folios – page numbering and title – the front cover is always page 1

Slug – a category or subject header that runs throughout the feature

Column width – Also known as a measure – mainly equal in width but don’t always have to be.

Rules – Learnt, observed and only then can they be broken


How to start a document —

File – new – document – Command N

Standard A4

Industry standard is bleed and slug with 3mm on either side.

Pages – A master

Window – Colour – Swatches

Add margins and grid —

Layout – Margins & Columns –


Adding Page numbers –
Add images by clicking Command D — Place in the boxes, make sure that you are not stretching or distorting the images. Make sure that the numbers all the same when you are looking at this sectioOutline arrow relates to the content within the picture box and the dark filled arrow relates to the picture box which is under the image
Shift – Command – > or <

In order to create a drop cap

Filling with placeholder text

Flat plan – Can be drawn by hand or done on software, and you can create this on indesign

  • Create new document
  • Landscape
  • 24 pages 6 columns
  • Make boxes for each page
  • Outline it
  • Duplicate
  • Add text boxes to describe each page

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