That was like a hard days work…. I know a lot more about InDesign now, but there are still a few features that fox me. This layout, of a double page spread from The National Trust magazine, was over the top in a number of ways: angles, colour, boxes, images…. BUt there were only two fonts used and mostly only one, which pulled it all together, and despite the lack of any consistent grid, the typeface, used for the most part in lower face only, even for headlines, made it work. There were some frills which really were over the top, and some gradients in boxes. Some boxes had dropped shadows (I have retained some) and others a torn paper effect. There is only so much clutter the eye can take. But overwhelmingly despite all the clutter and business, it does work. I’ve fiddled with the edges of this, and tried new things but for the most part I could not improve upon it.
I’m getting better at using InDesign, and have found a good set of iPad video tutorials on InDesign which have helped enormously. It also helps to have Leanne at work to ask for tips! I’m pleased with the design layout from the Guardian newspaper I copied, since it forced me to learn a few new InDesign tricks. It was more of a technical challenege than a design challenge though, as I didn’t then reexamine the design and push it in different directions. It felt too busy a page to do that! So, I’ll have another go with another design.