LA – Print preparation Q3

The last LA of week 11 was to watch two videos on Lynda and do the exercise files belonging to each one.

I was not really sure what the task meant, and how I was supposed to submit it. But I did the different exercise files while watching the videos. These were very interesting and I learned a lot. I’m adding some screenshots from my work.

These past couple of weeks has been a lot of hard work, and Im so happy that I got to finish my LAs, MA 04 and Product description&schedule edition.
Tomorrow I start with my exam, so wish me luck!!

Nigel French-Designing a Magazine Layout.


LA – Print preparation Q2

The task was to make a simple dummy 20-page magazine style brochure combining dynamic typography and photography. We could use placeholder text for body copy. And for the magazine, we were to use a spot varnish for the cover and design it using two spot color.

Before making the PDF and packaging the file, I made use of my check list for printing.

I decided to make a magazine with the art of Banksy:

Paper weight and type:
90 GSM Cover

Perfect binding

The task said to submit the print-ready file packaged from InDesign as well as a print-ready PDF. I couldn’t manage to upload the package folder and decided to make screenshots of them instead.



LA – Print preparation Q1

The task was to design my own printing checklist.

My printing checklist:

Live area-all important images and text has to be inside the live area
Trim line-make sure all elements are inside this line
Bleed-minimum 3mm
Crop marks-apply crop marks
Ordinary black/rich black– Ordinary black best for body copy and bar codes, rick black best to use when you print solid blocks of black
Fonts-are all fonts right, right size, an correctly placed
Spell check-make sure everything is correct
CMYK-the color MUST be CMYK, not RGB
Images-are all images at least 300ppi?
Format-make sure the format is right
Paper GSM-use the paper GSM fitted for the format of the print


MA 04 – Layout – Work Prosses

“The art of boiling water” is a fictional cookbook. You are to design the layout of this book and show examples of how the pages should look. In the book, you will use one serif font and one sans serif font.

The book will consist of the following: 

  • Title Page
  • Imprint (Norwegian; kolofon)
  • Table of Contents
  • Foreword
  • 4 recipes –  4 spreads (Norwegian; oppslag)




Research and work process

  • Creative methods

After reading the assignment I went straight to my bookshelf. I knew that I had  a  Jamie Oliver cook book there, and wanted to see if maybe I wanted to make something a bit similar since it was the same chef.
I also went through the rest of my cook books. Everything from baby food to recipes from the well known Norwegian chef, Ingrid Espelid Hovig.

I drew the different grid-systems from the different books to have something to work off of. This was very helpful. I also added the different margins to get a sense of how it is done.

I picked up some ideas from the different books, and from the learning videos on Lynda. Both about the different colored for the different frames. And for the page numbers on the top page.

When I was searching for inspiration for the title page, and the pages without recipes I had to go back to my book shelf. I have a lot of books, and then also a lot of inspiration for this task.

I checked out wich of the fonts I already had in my InDesign, and went to download the other ones. I faced some problems when I tried to download them, and just got the message that I had to try again later. This made it difficult for me to check out with of the fonts that fit well together.
I decided to google the different fonts to see if there were any information about the different ones.

  • Inspirational methods

For inspiration I made a moodboard on pinterest. Where I added pins about different types of layouts, design principles and fonts.

I also used my books to see what actually works on print.
For the title page I searched through a good amount of my books, and actually found it more inspirational to «see and feel» the layout, than to watch it on screen.


My final result:


LA – Design of layout in InDesign

Using InDesign, design a 4-page brochure for a fictitious travel agent.

The size of the brochure should be A5 (when it is folded).
Design the brochure in full colour.
Use fake body copy, but create sensible headings.
Use titles, headings and images of your choice.
Be sure to pay attention to:
Choice of type
Choice of imagery
Use of layout and grid to communicate the content.

I liked to work on this assignment. But I would have loved to have more time on it. I had some problems with exporting the PDF and to make it look like it was supposed to with the four pages. But after a lot of trying and failing I think i got it.

Here is my brochure la-layout