I love doing page layout. It’s extremely fun for me to find the right story placement, the right font, the right photo, the best line weight, and packaging the paper.
I learned page design during my senior year in high school (’05-06) when I was editor of our school’s underground humor paper, The Symposium. I wanted the paper to look as legitimate as possible (to give the Onion-style paper some sort of ironic authority) so I downloaded an outdated version of Microsoft Publisher and spent weeks learning how to make make layout visually appealing.
When I became the Arts & Entertainment editor of The Hiram College Advance in the spring semester of my freshman year in 2007, I was responsible for for my section’s layout. The paper was using Microsoft PageMaker on PCs at the time and printing in all black and white.
I further developed the skill when I took “Desktop Publishing” as a junior at Hiram, learning to use Adobe InDesign on Mac computers. When I became editor-in-chief of The Advance, I decided that the paper should be fully designed using InDesign and for the first time used color printing. I designed the front page of every issue and collaborated on design within the other sections.
Here are a few examples of my design work throughout the year.
My first attempt at page design (January 2006)
My second attempt four months later
This is how the paper looked before I took over design of the front page or changed the layout guidelines.
For my senior year (’09-10), I started using Adobe InDesign for layout and printing in color. I designed the front page and many of the pages inside.
2008- Here’s an example of a page I designed when I was Student Life editor for the fall semester of my junior.