Have you ever done something a million times before. You get in the habit of doing something a specific way and you’ve learned all the pitfalls and shortcuts.
Being the Layout and Design Manager of a newspaper, I have a process, a way I’ve done stuff for the last three years. I’ve found the best way to get layout done without sacrificing design, creativity or time.
One of those ways is to create the space for the layout based on the length of the unedited stories. Even unedited a story doesn’t change too much once it’s been copy edited. And once every story on a page is placed it gives the best possible idea of where graphic such as photos and ads can be placed. There’s also the matter of photo credits (who a photo is by and what happening in it), the by line (who wrote story), and the story headline. While none of these things might seem very space consuming, the smallest shift of a by line which only consists of the writer name and position, can change the length of a story. The size of a photo will always depend on the space left over from a story.
It’s quite easy to understand that not everyone is going to agree with you’re process. And your way might not always be the best way possible. There is for instance the possibility and unedited story might accidently not be corrected but that would be my fault for not correcting it, a mistake that I have never made. Mostly, because I keep record of what stories have been changed for the edited one or changing the story color till the edited version is placed might be easier for you.
Here’s a look at one of my most recent layouts in progress.
The Choral Concert picture and Hunger Game story photos are both relative in size to their story sizes. The Choral Concert’s story is also more important so it’s photo is a bit bigger. I take these things into account when design the a layout.
While my way might not be the best way, it’s the way I like doing it for now. I’m always open to new ideas!
Till next time!