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I finally was able to take a design class this year and we were assigned some really cool projects.
This assignment called for an informative, typography-driven page layout intended for publication in a
magazine. Over the course of two 2-page spread layouts, we were asked to highlight a specific font by
writing an article that discussed its designer, origin, mechanics, and key characteristics. The objectives
were to explore the use of a consistent grid, successfully implement a hierarchical system, and design
according to professional typographic standards. Demonstrating a clean, organized workflow and the
skilled use of master pages, typographic style sheets, and automatic functions was also emphasized.
Basically, my professor was a stickler on document organization, so the file for this project is pretty
much immaculate. It was nice to have a professor who stressed that, though, because it's important.
I wanted my spreads to convey a modern yet vintage aesthetic, which deliberately references the history
of Arno. As a twenty-first century typeface inspired by traditional typography, I intended to symbolically
illustrate that relationship in the layout itself. The base pattern, delicately accented corners, subdued
color palette, paragraph rules, and quoted text from Dostoyevsky's classic novel reinforce the nostalgic
theme. However, the faint digital noise on each spread suggests contemporary influences as well.
I employed the use of modules in order to organize article content into perceivable sections while still
allowing for adequate negative space. Typographic hierarchy was achieved through the disciplined use
of Arno's various weights, optical sizes, and extensive OpenType features. The underlying grid system
ensures that content placement is uniform but also flexible—allowing for variety within the two spreads.
Overall, I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I can't say it's incredibly original or innovative in any
way, but that was never really the point. I wanted to reinforce the history surrounding the typeface, not
be flashy. However, I probably could have picked a novel from the humanist era Slimbach draws from
instead of Crime and Punishment
, but I couldn't resist… it's basically one of my favorite books ever.
These spreads went through a number of revisions to get to the stage they are now, and organizing all
of that information was a pain, but I feel like it came together well enough. I particularly like the second
spread, where I highlight the different letterform characteristics. That was the fun part for me. I don't know
if I'll ever get into editorial design since it's not my passion, but I still have fun with it. Hope you enjoy!Created in InDesign CS5 on February 22, 2012. Typeface(s): Arno Pro