Designer, Photographer, & Artist

Newsletter vs. Magazine

So, for any of those out there working on layouts for class, work, etc. I have come across this little predicament….what is the difference between a Newsletter layout and a Magazine layout?

Well, I am here with answers, but mind you these are all “my reasons” why there are differences….through what I have learned.

They are going to be more text heavy, maybe a graphic or a photo in the columns  but for the majority of the layout there isn’t a lot of ability to play with the text, colours  or graphics. Very strict guidelines of how things are done formatting wise as well….which makes it a headache for me.

These are more FUN! Let me tell ya, you get to play with full page photos, multiple photos, graphics, colors, and text! Yes, some of these layouts can be text heavy, but to be honest, it is better to have fun.

So why am I comparing these two layouts? Well, I am the Graphic Design Editor of the Cliff News, and for one of my classes, Magazine Practicum, we take the stories from the website, put them in a Magazine Layout and print them to spread around campus. Here is the problem, we aren’t really in a Newsletter Layout or a Magazine Layout…We are in the ~In Between Really Didn’t Understand This~ Layout.

Thankfully I have a wonderful professor who will sit and explain to me why things are the way they are so I can understand not only why it is that way, but why what I did was wrong, or why it is right, but not for what we are looking for.

One of the greatest things I think a person can do when trying to learn from their experiences is the following:

1) There are no wrong questions, answers, ideas, or reasons
Go for it! Ask that nagging question. Question your superiors (With Respect Please!) and try to have a conversation not an argument

2)Make sure you understand the changes necessary so you don’t mess up!
I’m serious, when I get a final copy done, I get the initials of everyone who looks at it, as they copy edit, make/suggest changes, etc. That covers my butt for when I have to report to the higher up. Right now, in school its not that important, but that habit will be something I carry with me into my career field.

3)When in doubt, listen to music, close your eyes and clear your mind.
Sometimes it is easier to look at things in a different perspective when you take a moment to clear your mind.

Sooooo for inspiration today I will leave you with this song….

I hope everyone on theeeee Inter web has a wonderful day!




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