Designing interior layouts part one

When designing a layout in InDesign, a few things to keep in mind:

  • tick Facing Pages but leave primary text frame ticked off
  • set it up for Print
  • choose the correct page dimensions
  • set up a 5mm bleed
  • use the A-master for guides, grids, folios, running heads, etc. Anything you want repeated on each page
  • Margins act as a guide and keep the structure of your layout consistent. Books that use grids look well-designed.
  • Check for typographic errors (double spaces, line breaks, etc.) – everything needs to be consistent
  • Use Type > Show Hidden Characters to see where your paragraphs end, tabs, etc.
  • Use paragraph and character styles
  • Set up a baseline grid  and align the paragraph style to it
  • Setting up folios: use Type > Insert Special Character > Markers > Current Page Number
  • For your folio style, you can choose align away from spine, so that you don’t have to set up different styles for the recto and verso folios


Errors to check for:

Hyphens, en dashes and em dashes
Quotation marks are used and not inch or foot marks
No double or triple spaces are included
No tabs are included in a document
All paragraph breaks in the right place and no odd line breaks are included


Clever trick I learned in class today:

week 7 tip

It really helps once you’ve placed the text. We were typesetting a children’s book and it was really fun to play around with different fonts and different font sizes.


On that note, check out the Society of Illustrators. It’s great to see what they’re producing.


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