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Introduction to Magazine Layout

Introduction to Magazine Layout

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Lisa Gellender


This Mac-based course is aimed at beginners with an interest in print-based independent magazine design and requires a working knowledge of Adobe InDesign. Utilising InDesign, you will learn about the main aspects of magazine layout, working with grids, layout, type and image. Short subject-related lectures will form the basis for experimentation. They will guide you through the process of designing sample double page spreads of your magazine step by step.

Topics covered

Practice-based workshops using InDesign will introduce you to the following areas:

  • grid systems: principles and purpose
  • typography: choosing and using type
  • hierarchy: emphasis and message
  • layout: combining text and image

*Please note that for some of the activities students may be asked to work in pairs.

Who should take this course?

This introductory course suits students interested in understanding the process of print-based magazine layout from a practice based standpoint.

Those looking to develop their knowledge of the printed page would also benefit .

The course is an opportunity for you to:

  • work with your own content to explore a chosen topic or area of interest
  • understand Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator file formats for importing into InDesign
  • receive advice and guidance from you tutor for experimentation and development
  • set up artwork to print
  • collate your sample magazine layouts as a group at end of the course.

Entry requirements: Basic Mac skills and working knowledge of Adobe InDesign are essential.

Level: Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Lisa Gellender is an Educator and Creative Director with extensive creative industry experience. Building on a successful career working at Coley Porter Bell and Design Bridge, Lisa formed Gellender Creative in 2004 to provide specialist branding and editorial design for a prestigious range of clients including Selfridges, London College of Fashion and Defected Records.

Revisiting her passion for graphic communication, Lisa completed an MA in Graphic Design at UAL in 2014, thus facilitating her transition into education in 2015. Extensive practice based experience underpins her teaching methods whilst informing curriculum planning and delivery. Alongside her part time role teaching on the BA Graphic Communication course at University of the Creative Arts, Lisa is an Associate Lecturer on the MA Fashion Journalism and Media course at London College of Fashion and the BA Graphic & Media Design course at London College of Communication.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • a notebook and a pen.

IMPORTANT - Adobe ID Login for Short Course Students

Students will need to create an account with Adobe (unless you already have one) in order to access the Adobe suite at the college – instructions are included below. You will need to use a personal email address to create this. If you already have an account with Adobe, please make sure you bring your login details with you on the first day of the course.

Please note:

  • Creating an Adobe account is free.
  • The software will only be accessible when logged into a UAL networked computer
  • The same account can be used outside of the University, but software will only be accessible through a personal paid subscription that students will need to set up independently
  • You can still create an account on the day but doing this beforehand will save time and avoid delays to the start of the class.
  • If you already have an Adobe ID/ subscription you can use this on your short course rather than setting up a new account.

To create an account students will need to:

  1. Go to Adobe Sign in page.
  2. Select ‘Create an account’
  3. Enter your details and select ‘Create account’

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