IRAN ART EXHIBITION: TIPS FOR DESIGNING A PERFECT NEWSPAPER
Publishing means making information available to the public. In the past this was done mainly through issuing printed copies of documents. Now there are many more options such as websites, print, DVD, e-publications and apps.
Apart from ensuring value for money, the challenge is to choose publication channels that support a publication’s status and provenance, as well as ensuring that the publication reaches the right audience.
Publishing industry processes and practices
Many government publications are important from a policy and historic perspective, whether or not they reflect current policy or practice. This means that certain publications, including those published through contracts managed by The National Archives, are published according to the standard processes and practices used by the book publishing industry:
• standards for web and print publishing
• International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs)
• bibliographic data
• statutory legal deposit
• customer ordering services
IRAN ART EXHIBITION: These processes support the classification and recording of the publications’ underlying status and provenance, ensuring availability to citizens and businesses, including identification by the book trade and library community, at publication and for the long term public record.
What to do if you are considering publishing options
If you are an official involved in publishing a government document that is not being published through The National Archives’ or other government publishing contracts, you are probably already considering publication options.
Publication options impact on a document’s availability to different types of users, now and in the future.
Consider whether users will place a long term value on the document, for example for use in legal proceedings, even though the document itself may be superseded as government polices and guidelines change. If so ensure that there is a process through which interested parties can obtain a copy of the publication. In many cases an online version will be sufficient; in others, users may require a print copy, for example to use in court or because the publication is very large and the online version is impractical. How would such requests be fulfilled? Would compliance with statutory legal deposit be sufficient?
The following techniques are used by industry professionals to gain the attention of readers and build their audience. Not all of them may apply to you, but having the knowledge of these techniques may benefit you.
WRITE INTERESTING TITLES
IRAN ART EXHIBITION: Your titles need to be interesting and even intriguing. Make sure they stand out and capture the attention of your readers. There are several types of titles you can write:
• Titles that meet a need. These are often “How-To” type articles, but they meet a need someone has. This could be something like, “How to Avoid Divorce” or “Winning the Heart of Your Rebellious Teenager.”
• Titles that spark curiosity. These titles grab the attention with a mental, “That’s interesting…” These titles may sound like this, “Mysterious Blob Discovered in Man’s Grill” or “Dog Learns to Fly the Hard Way.”
• Titles that provoke. This does not mean you are trying to offend the reader, but the title is meant to provoke an emotional response to the reader’s sensibilities so that they’ll read it. For example, “Man Wants to Marry His Daughter,” or “Reading May Be Dangerous to Your Health.” There is a lot of creativity in this, so be creative.
USE WHITE SPACE
White space is essential part of design for two reasons. First, to separate elements. Don’t crowd things so close together that the eye has a hard time distinguishing individual elements. Use horizontal and vertical white space between columns, pictures, and titles. Second, use white space to draw attention to specific elements. IRAN ART EXHIBITION: For example, if there is a lot of space around your main article title, the eye will be naturally drawn to it. But if it is packed in with everything else, the eye will not naturally focus on it and will see the entire page as a single element, thus diluting the entire visual effect.
DESIGN FOR READABILITY
You want people to read your newspaper, so designing in such a way that a reader instinctively reads things is important. Done right, the reader will not even notice what you did because the design will feel natural to the reader. Here are some things to keep in mind:
• Use a comfortable and readable font. Script fonts are hard to read and strain the eye. Use serif or sanserif fonts that are pleasant to the eye. We recommend a font size between 11 and 12 pt in size for body text.
• Keep fonts and font sizes consistent. Don’t use too many different sizes of fonts or different fonts. The more fonts you use the messier your newspaper will seem.
• Make navigation easy. Make sure that your readers can quickly and easily locate articles and important information in your newspaper. Again, when done right, no one will notice because it will be natural. Done wrong, it becomes an irritant.
• Use white space. This has already been covered, but bears repeating. Use white space to clearly separate elements so that it appears natural to the eye.
PICTURES TELL A STORY
IRAN ART EXHIBITION: Your pictures need to be appropriate to the article you write. Your pictures need to tell part of the story and, if possible, evoke emotion in the reader. Don’t stretch a picture out of normal proportion to get it to fit in a particular space. Don’t make people fat or skinny just to get it to fit. It is distracting and unnatural. Instead, crop pictures to fit and make the image part of the story itself.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Don’t try to get fancy. Let your words and images evoke the interest and emotion you want. Don’t try to use lots of shadowing, 3-D images, oddly placed clip-art (just to fill space), and so on. Don’t go for flash. Go for simple. Let your titles and images do the work.
DESIGN AROUND ARTICLES
When designing your newspaper, put your articles in place first. Instead of trying to make your articles fit to your images, titles, and other elements, make the other elements fit your articles. The articles is the essence of a newspaper, so start with the articles and add the content around it appropriately. That may not mean that your articles may not need trimming, it just means that the articles are the most important part of your newspaper.