Blimey, I find copying article designs that I like very instructive but VERY hard. For instance copying articles from the Guardian (the design of which I admire) got me to investigate what fonts the Guardian actually uses. Of course they have commissioned their own fonts: Egyptian and also use Rockwell Slab serif. If I were prepared to spend a lot of money I could buy these fonts but the next challenge was finding similar fonts. I did find a couple: Nadia Serif and Alfa slab, which I downloaded for free and have used, along with Minion Pro for this exercise. The Guardian font is in fact half way between a serif and san serif font, rather lovely. I was pleased with what I managed to do with this, especially since it involved learning more about Indesign at the same time.
I found this exercise really hard but very useful because it forced me to explore bits of InDesign I haven’t used and made me realise how little I know about it. I still fudged it a bit and was too tired to work out everything I needed. I couldn’t remeber how to do a dropped title letter at the beginning of a paragraph so that isn’t right, and I couldn’t work out why the quote mark was bigger at the beginning than at the end.