Editorial Design: Digital and Print

By Cath Caldwell and Yolanda Zappaterra

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  • Paperback
  • 400 colour illustrations
  • 240 pages
  • 9⅛ x 7½ ins
  • ISBN 9781780671642
  • Published October 2014

Editorial Design: Digital and Print is a comprehensive guide to the traditional and digital skills that a designer will need for a future career in visual journalism today – the design of magazines and newspapers for a wide variety of markets.

Generously illustrated, including case studies, practical exercises and tips, examples of best practice and profiles of individual designers including Mark Porter, Scott Dadich and Janet Froelich, the book explains the fundamentals of editorial design and layout. Subjects covered include current and emerging digital formats, branding, how to create layouts, handling copy and images, design, and production skills and trends in editorial design.

With insider advice and opinions from leading contemporary designers, the book is a practical reference and learning resource that will teach readers everything they need to know to reach the top of the profession.

About the Author

Cath Caldwell is Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, working on the Graphic Communication Programme. Cath is the author of Winning Portfolios for Graphic Designers and is a founder member of the Editorial Designers Organisation.

Yolanda Zappaterra is a freelance design writer, who has written for Design Week, Grafik and Time Out London.

Customer Reviews

This is no "Newspaper Designers Handbook" Review by Robert
I asked for a review copy of this textbook because it is titled, "Editorial Design, DIGITAL and print."

It is a print design text that worries someday someone will use tablets to deliver currently printed magazines.

As one who reads magazines only on tablets, and who advises a full range of web and mobile media, plus a monthly print magazine, I found nothing that directly addressed designing for these media.

The last chapter, "Looking Back Looking Forward," was speaking of challenges we've already met.

This has great design theories, but little practical application for the student. What we need is a simple guide to laying out online, and then migrating content to a printed periodical. (Posted on 11/13/14)

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55,000 words of text including captions and end matter including 30,000 words of new text and over 50 new images

Preface and Introduction NEW

Chapter 1 Editorial design
What is editorial design? UPDATED
The aims and elements of editorial
Profile: The Making of Wallpaper* NEW
The function of editorial design
The different roles of designers in editorial UPDATED
Profile: The Guardian newspaper NEW
The people who make it happen 1. Junior designer 2. Senior designer 3. Design director NEW

Chapter 2 Editorial formats
A concise history of digital magazines NEW
Digital newspapers NEW
Common digital myths NEW
Digital terminology NEW
Independent publications
Proflle: Richard Turley and Bloomberg Businessweek NEW
Customer magazines and business-to-business
Digital magazine publishing NEW
Brief One: Concepts NEW

Chapter 3 Covers
Branding and identity NEW
Newspaper covers
Digital covers NEW
Self published covers and zines NEW
Custom-made covers NEW
The development of covers from 1940 to the present day. UPDATED
The different ways of designing covers
Profile: Wired Magazine UPDATED
The components of a cover
Brief Two: Masthead and covers NEW

Chapter 4 Inside the publication
Anatomy of a publication
The role of typography
Profle: Jon Hill, The Times
Image treatment
Brief Three: Typographic style sheets

Chapter 5 Creating layouts
Principal components of a layout
Profile: Jeremy Leslie of MagCulture.com NEW
Determining factors in layout construction
Harmony and discord
Style: what is it, how do you get it, how do you deliver it?
Profile: Simon Esterton NEW
How to convert inspiration into a layout
Brief Four: Double-page spreads NEW

Chapter 6 Essential design skills
Mastering objective visualisation UPDATED
Page preparation and grids
Digital grids NEW
Template, pagination, Signalling
Digital page design NEW
Navigation NEW
Websites NEW
Tablets NEW
Apps NEW
The flatplan
Stock selection
Paper considerations
Choosing and using type
Artwork skills and production issues
Acquiring, evaluating and using images
Information graphics UPDATED
Consistency without monotony
Profile: Speak Dan Rolleri
Re-designing: when and why?
Brief Five: Finishing and presenting your work NEW

Chapter 7 Looking back, looking forward
Looking back motivating & underlying principles
Hall of Fame Case studies of designers and publications UPDATED
Looking forward
Profile: Jack Schulze and BERG NEW

Further reading
Picture credits and acknowledgements