After deciding to base my page sizes on the smaller ‘Cosmopolitan’ magazine (200mm x 260mm) it was now time to open Indesign and start to create my double page spreads.
Inside the document setup window I inputted the page dimensions that I measured. As with all page layouts I have designed it is always a standard procedure to add a bleed (3mm in this layout) so imagery and designs can be cut perfectly without leaving any white paper marks from minor misalignments in cutting stages.
Using quick shapes I mocked up the layout from looking back at my thumbnail sketches. This was helpful for me to get an idea of the layout I was creating and if it worked at the size I had chosen. I then proceeded to add in my imagery. It took a while for me to arrange the photos into a series I was happy with and had a structured look to it. Because this spread is about ‘exploring Rome’ imagery needed to be plentiful which I had to keep in mind during choosing my layout, this is why I decided to use a full page to feature some of my photography from the trip and a large image across the next followed by some text. I also have in mind to incorporate some objects to use as text wraps, however I am currently unsure of what to use yet.
Here is my first page of the double page spread featuring my photography. The large middle picture is of the Pantheon, as a David Hockney inspired shot made up of multiple different pictures. I originally had the two statue photos together at the top however the skies are slightly different blues. I think these photos show a good representation of Rome, especially as I want my spread to acts as a advertisement and showcase the city of my experience there. The pictures are bright, however looking back through my photos I have noticed that Rome, mainly the tourists attractions and sights, aren’t very colourful. This had an impact on my overall design as I didn’t want to include colours in my spread that don’t have any relevance to the city, however I didn’t want the spread to look dull in any way.