1. Watch this short video on Zines. 
  2. Watch this optional vid- she does such a great job with her zine! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP_ZCbLj0fA
  3. Read Chapter 7 of your Textbook- on Layout- in the comments below, tell me why you think using the Grid System, and one other suggestion from the textbook, might be useful when designing your Zine? Also- what do you think your call to action will be? 5 points
  4. Complete this easy 5 min InDesign text tutorial and notice how many more good ones there are here at Adobe, for all their software!  Have some fun with this, then upload to Onedrive for 10 points 

 

Homework #17 Zines Layout due Oct 28th

30 thoughts on “Homework #17 Zines Layout due Oct 28th

  • October 16, 2018 at 6:52 pm
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    I think the grid system will be useful in helping me organize a simple and functional layout. I’ll be able to display a clear statement throughout my pages by organizing ahead of time how they should look. I also plan to use the information on size and proportion to exaggerate some of the type and images in my zine. I believe this will help me achieve a greater sense of contrast and visual appeal throughout my pages.

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  • October 20, 2018 at 11:45 pm
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    The grid system is used mainly for organization. However, you can play with ratios and proportions (e.g. using the Golden Ratio to your advantage) to get your zine to follow a certain rhythm. Rhythm is a concept that I never defined for myself. I think it’s the type of thing that someone does naturally. With the knowledge of pacing and rhythm, I’ll try to make my zine as fluid-like as possible. I want the reader to turn each page to find out what’s going to be next, having a good focal point on each page. I want my zine to tell a story.

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  • October 22, 2018 at 5:46 pm
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    The grid system will be useful in helping me craft and organize the layout of my design. The placement of my deigns throughout the Zine will be uniform due to the grid layout. I also plan on heavily considering the visual rhythm of my design to make a balanced design.

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  • October 22, 2018 at 5:48 pm
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  • October 22, 2018 at 7:08 pm
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    The Grid System will definitely help me to maintain unity and cohesiveness throughout my Zine. By using the Grid System, I will be able to accomplish a continuity and an easy to follow layout so that the content can be best communicated. I will also use visual rhythm to further the organization and seamlessness of the Grid System. With this, I will use the repetition of shapes, colors, and textures to ensure my Zine has a natural flow and rhythm and so the main ideas don’t get lost in the artwork.

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  • October 22, 2018 at 9:40 pm
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    The Grid System will most certainly help me in creating a unified and solid zine that will leave the viewer with fewer questions or confusion. However, in my pieces, I have noticed, perhaps, a little too much organization to my pieces, which makes them clear and concise, but it can lead me down the path of convention and normalcy. My pieces can often become cold and uninteresting. So I believe that the inclusion of visual rhythm will help me keep my ideas fresh and intriguing to the viewer.

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  • October 22, 2018 at 10:57 pm
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    I believe that the grid system in ESSENTIAL when it comes to completing a project that has to have unity and balance. It is also very important when creating a design in InDesing because you want your spreads to follow a pattern. I remember when I was in yearbook back in high school, our spreads always had a grid so we can easily follow a dynamic pattern. This just creates consistency and a certain type of tone when the reader is viewing the design.

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  • October 23, 2018 at 11:35 am
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    When designing a project like this, it is important for the artist to stay organized, for which the Grid system is extremely useful. For me personally, I believe that using the grid will help me model and visualize how I will lay out my zine, and assist with issues such as alignment and size.

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  • October 23, 2018 at 11:37 am
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    The grid system unifies the work and allows for it to coincide with itself and be represented as a single artwork. It allows for all the pages to follow the same shape and spacing. Another useful tactic is the use of size and proportion. Using these I can allow certain focal points to be very evident and allow for the most important specs to stand out.

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  • October 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm
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    Figure 7-5 could be helpful to look at when trying to decide the layout for each page of my Zine. Size contrast could be useful, for example, using a very large element to make a bold graphical statement. Using a grid layout will be useful in keeping order in my Zine, and making sure I maintain good pacing, rhythm, and a unified composition, and not making everything seem randomly placed. I also need to keep in mind what my focal point is on each page.

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  • October 23, 2018 at 5:36 pm
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    The grid system will definitely be beneficial when considering the layout of the pages for my personal zine. It will be useful to maintain continuity as well as order within my zine while also being aware that there is a strong layout form. Another suggestion I enjoyed was the idea of rhythm. The cadence of maintaining the same variance of design and sizes throughout a zine is definitely helpful to complete an aspired aesthetic as well as once again maintaining continuity.

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  • October 23, 2018 at 10:54 pm
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    The grid system allows a page to look clean and organized. making it easy on the eyes and creating a flow to the page. Visual rhythm stood out to me the most in chapter 7 of the text book. its important especially for our zine prodject because you want the rythem of your peice to match the tone of your story.

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  • October 7, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    Using the grid system allows the designer to have an understanding of how/where objects and text should fall on the page. Utilizing the grid produces a clean and sleek design that is easy for the viewer to follow. The grid breaks up the page and provides a base for how to best utilize space. I will be using the grid system in my zine to help best organize the layout of my pages.

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    • October 7, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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      What about your call to action Kailee- what do you think it will be?

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  • October 10, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    The grid system helps you create a sense of balance and unity across not only a single page but across facing pages. The textbook emphasizes cropping as another tip for designing in regard to using photography; I think this is helpful too for creating balance since cropping can help you reframe the photograph’s subject matter. For my zine, I think my call to action will be something regarding animal rights and veganism.

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  • October 16, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    The grid systems help you to create a balanced image. It also shows unity from the layout of the page. I think this helps the viewers to look at the image with less confusion. Also, I think visual rhythm can be helpful in the image because of repetitive shapes, colors, and texture. It will grab the viewer’s attention and make it more fun to look at. I think my call to action might be about children and their education.

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  • October 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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    It would be useful to use the Grid system to make sure all of your page layouts for the zine have some form to them. But it will not hold you back from having creative freedom, it will keep your designs balanced. Another suggestion from the textbook that can be helpful with our zines is the visual rhythm. Our zines will be viewed like a booklet so it will be important to have a visual rhythm to the way our zines are viewed. This rhythm can be made with repetition or with the rhythm of typography.
    My call to action will be around mental health issues, more specifically how to handle anxiety attacks, and how to break the stigma of handling mental breakdowns all on your own.

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  • October 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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    The grid system provides the designer with a basis for understanding the layout and organization of their work. Just as the overall organization is useful for the designer it becomes important to the viewer, helping to guide them through the visual aspects of the page. It is also important for the designer to be mindful of multi-panel designs. This is partially due to the folding aspects of a print media and the fact that a zine is both multi-paneled and has multiple pages. So it is important to keep in mid how all of these elements come together. I think my zine will discuss Latino and Latin American representation in musuem/art history education.

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  • October 17, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    I think the grid system will be helpful in order to create a more organized and complete composition for each page. With the grid lines, I can have my basic composition in mind and set up the grid and see how the composition looks when simplified down to lines and these lines will of course help me to place all the elements of the design in the correct area in order to most accurately represent the composition I want as opposed to using trial and error to move around the element and just hoping that I accomplish the right composition that I have in my head. Another important suggestion from the book will be the idea of a visual theme and how that will connect all the pages together to form a cohesive zine. Of course each page will be different and tell its own story however the idea of a visual theme, whether it be a basic rhythm of the lines or a similarity in the style, color or composition will extremely important to create pages that work together to create a zine rather that work against each and fight for attention. As far as my call to action, I’m very interested to discuss animal rights and the impact that the dairy industry has on the well being of animals as well as what an everyday person can do to help, hopefully I can accomplish this without being too preachy haha.

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  • October 19, 2019 at 11:56 am
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    A grid system is an incredibly valuable component of a structured page layout. Grids help establish a sense of pacing and rhythm, which can allow the designer to establish uniformity and cohesiveness within the design. Integrating a grid system will also be helpful when I am designing my zine because it will give my document an invisible structure that underlies the page and functions as a guide for the placement of layout elements. Finally, the textbook recommends using a grid system for publications because they allow the designer to skillfully balance diverse visual elements throughout the design, thus incorporating the design concepts throughout multiple pages of the project. My call to action is climate change – specifically, rising ocean temperatures, algae blooms off the coast of Florida, and pollution in our freshwater ecosystems that is caused by fertilizer runoff.

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  • October 27, 2020 at 12:02 pm
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    The grid system is very useful for creating zines. It helps create rhythm throughout a page. Using the grid in my Zine will help create balance and order. I’ll be able to place text and images neatly together in a uniform manner. I think the golden section is a good suggestion for Zine layouts. It’s a rectangle that can be subdivided into a square, which can then be subdivided into two rectangles and so on. This is useful because it helps proportion things properly to create the most pleasing layout. I think my call to action will be about women, power in women, and femininity. I also want to add in diversity within these realms.

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  • October 27, 2020 at 1:05 pm
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    Utilizing the grid system is a great way to keep a sense of unity and order for designs like advertisements and posters. According to the textbook, they can also bring continuity to single pages and to pieces of a design series. Though perceived as a “boring conformity” grids actually produce powerful images and provide full on experimentation with form and contrast. For creating the zine, we will be putting together multiple pages so I believe it is best to take advantage of the grid system as a way to practice making creative brochures or small booklets. As someone who has created a zine before, I had not particularly adopted the grid system and instead made a very elaborate collage, though it would be interesting to learn something new and create something in a clean, orderly style. My call to action may explore gender inequality or discrimination against women. I became inspired by other classes such as Photography II and Contemporary Art & Theory with Dawn Roe and I especially became influenced by the people around me, including a small toxic meme app called iFunny. The women in my family, specifically my two aunts, grandma, and mother were raised in a very strict, traditional household. They have always believed men are better than a woman in anyway and that honestly makes me upset and angry. The app I also look at for memes, iFunny, are full of conservative, toxic, mostly male individuals who look down on women and create stereotypes. Though, yes I could just delete the app and move on, I want to exploit this community to reveal that there are people in this world who are very misogynist (and incredibly homophobic) yet at the same time hypocritical in a sense that even though they “hate” women they still lust for and sexualize them. I overall wish to present this “unstable, toxic, chaos” in an ironic unified manner.

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  • October 27, 2020 at 1:46 pm
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    I think the grid system will be useful in my zine to map out my composition, and decide balance. If I want any elements to be symmetrical, or even asymmetrical in a balanced way, a guide of some sort will benefit me. Another suggestion that I think will benefit me is visual rhythm. I can build themes and expectations with tempo and rhythm, create connections and continuity, and I could also break an established rhythm for dramatic effect or to make a point. My call to action will most likely be about mental disorders/disabilities and how society either demonizes or infantilizes neurodivergent and neuroatypical people.

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  • October 27, 2020 at 4:16 pm
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    I find the grid system to be perfect for me, it brings an organized unity. I like to have my art very organized and for the Zine it will be useful because it also allows experimentation with all the forms and contrast. Another suggestion could be the visual rhythm as it will help me create balance between with different shapes and repeated elements, and the lettering.

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    • October 27, 2020 at 4:22 pm
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      What Call to Action are you thinking about for your zine Alejandria?

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  • October 27, 2020 at 7:40 pm
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    Using a grid system will ensure order and unification of the contents of a particular page or spread in my zine design. Using a grid can help the viewer distinguish the different contents of my design. I think a grid system is something that comes naturally in my work whether I’ve realized it or not, so understanding the variety of grid systems there are to work with is very beneficial to me. Another useful suggestion from the textbook is using texture and color to establish focal points. I can use this to draw attention to the main idea of the spread and highlight certain important aspects. I’m currently in a class called Women and the Environment which has brought to my attention a lot the work women have done for the environment but yet still get overlooked today. It seems that history is a man’s history where women occasionally make an appearance, but the reality is that just isn’t the case, especially in the environmental movement. So, an idea I have for my call to action is to discuss the importance of women in history and how and why they’re often overlooked. Another possible point to discuss that I have learned in that class is environmental injustices and a lot of the harsh realities that go along with it. This is really relevant and ongoing today and a lot of women are a part of the environmental justice movement for a reason.

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  • October 27, 2020 at 8:26 pm
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    The use of a grid system will help me to place text or visual components on the pages of my zine in a visually appealing way that will help me to keep the focus on my message. I often have trouble when it comes to organizing a page, so having the grid system may actually allow me to feel more comfortable with the zine process as I will have a sort of layout to look to. I also think that visual rhythm will be an important component of my work. Using different elements and organizing visuals in a way that brings energy and movement to the piece is something I find very important. I’m always more drawn to art that keeps my eyes moving and doesn’t have any awkward pauses that force your eye to jump across the page. My call to action will either be about drug addiction in America or the way that children with ADHD often fall through the cracks of the educational system due to miseducation on the disorder.

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  • October 27, 2020 at 8:54 pm
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    I think the grid system is important because it made it more organized and control the viewer’s attention in the layout. Especially page 133, the example of how to make a page proportion was interesting and this is helpful to think about that simple and little thing will matter for Zine and I would like to be careful about this. I am interested to make a zine about the Bilingual matter which I recently had the opportunity to learn about how being bilingual have challenges and effect on your life.

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  • October 28, 2020 at 9:33 am
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    The grid system will aid my work when incorporating a variety of features, images, text, etc. Although they might all be interesting and pleasing to the eye, they might appear chaotic and messy and the viewer might lose focus if not organized well. With the grid system, I will be able to better organize the page so that there is emphasis on a subject that will then lead the viewer’s eyes to the other aspects of the page. Unity and balance will be impacted the most by the use of grids and will help engage the viewer. Another suggestion that I think will be beneficial is that of visual theme/rhythm. To create a cohesive zine, I think it will be important to utilize repetition throughout for emphasis. This might be text, imagery, or pattern, just something that brings the different pages and layouts together. I think my call to action will be the climate crisis with an emphasis on influencing younger generations to facilitate the future of climate justice.

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  • October 28, 2020 at 10:07 am
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    I think the grid system will be very helpful with organization so I don’t need to keep messing with alignment and such after I have set up the grid system. This will also help me to plan out my design early. Im not quite sure what my call to action will be yet. Im thinking about maybe a piece on why people should exercise their right to vote since its election time.

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