What’s on My Desk?

I wrote and designed this article in 2016 as a union between a visual rhetoric class and an editing class. The text imagines that, several years in the future, I’m working as a copyeditor at Penguin Random House and being interviewed about the books I reference to do my work.

The content of this article inspired my design. I knew I wanted a picture of myself, definitions of a few editing terms, and some kind of depiction of the sources themselves. I pulled the colors of the banners and callout from the picture, and placed the elements flush with the edge of the page.

Because the banner behind the title is a darker shade of green, it attracts the eye, before leading into the ombre of the other banners. The length of the bands of color at top and bottom unifies the two page spread, and the bottom one acts as a desk for a few objects, which are all mentioned in the article. The definitions at the top are almost like sticky notes, and connect to bolded words in the main text.

I paid attention to the alignment of elements and text, and most of the banners end at midpoints or where a margin begins. The middle note on the right-hand page doesn’t correspond to these exactly, but it’s equidistant to the other notes, and the picture’s left edge is at its middle. As I entered in body text, I tried to avoid leaving orphans or widows, and fixed awkward hyphenations (especially in small text boxes), which InDesign puts in automatically.

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