InDesign Magazine Spread

My InDesign Magazine Spread

The past two weeks have incorporated learning Adobe InDesign and creating a 3 page magazine spread.  The spread had to be an article from or  It had to be at least 600 words. The article I chose was just over 2000 words and was a little too long for 3 pages.  I cut some of it, but still had to use print that was a little to small for comfortable reading. The spread had to include the principles of design, color, typography and photography that we have studied in the past 4 weeks.  The article I chose was “Worship Through Music” by Elder Dallin H Oaks.  Here is a link to the article I used.

Here is a copy of my project:

Worship Through Music
by Elder Dallin H OaksWorship Through Music Magazine Spread

Design Analysis

Since this article was written by Dallin H Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, I wanted to include a copy of the Hymnbook that is used by the LDS congregations.  I nestled the dark green hymnbook amongst some varigated green foliage and felt that this would be a good photo for the front page.  I then decided to use colors that would work with this dark green.  I found a chart that said dark green is a color that is associated with feelings of peace.   Peace is something we associate with the Savior, so singing hymns of worship should emit peace.  I used shades and hues of violet and yellow to lighten the feel of the dark green. I used split complimentary colors from the color wheel.

I mostly used the purple to help lighten the pages.  I ended up using the pale yellow as 1) a contrast against the dark green and 2) a way to bring the yellow I used on the darker page to tie the other two pages together.  I did the same with the violet and dark green.  I used full page violet line on each page as well as a line half the width of the page to bring repetition to each page. Some of the colors I pulled from the pictures to again bring repetition to the whole spread.

Typography began with a serif font for the copy (Rockwell).  I used a sans serif (Segoe UI) for the titles and subtitles.  With the help of our instructor, Sister Van Sistine, I realized that I needed something different to help the title of the article  stand out.  I found a font called Shine Personal Use that I incorporated into the title and the pull quotes.

I made many revisions and could still be revising it if I had unlimited time.  Looking for widows and orphans, rearranging this quote to avoid tangents and fitting the copy to begin and end evenly is quite a chore.


We had to use at least two of our own photographs.  Here are photos I used.

This photo was taken by myself and it depicts the photography skill depth of field.

This photo was also taken by me.  It is a picture of Mt Adams taken at sunrise (one of the golden hours) while standing in my driveway.  It uses the principle of thirds and leading lines.  There is also depth of field in it. I used it as the background for a pullout quote.

This final photo was taken by putting a sprig of flowers on my piano keyboard.  To me a keyboard is where my love of the hymns originated.  I also took this photo.

Audience                                                                                                                     My intended audience for this project was anyone from the age of 12 through adulthood into old age who does not have a solid appreciation of worship hymns.  I feel the opening page of my spread really draws the eye with the use of the dark green background and the plant with the hymnbook nestled in it.  It helps me think of being nestled in the arms of the Savior.  That is how the melodic worship hymns make me personally feel.  I believe the photograph will pull the eye in and the calmness of the colors will lead the receiver to want to read what the article is about. Because the audience is so broad, I tried to use inviting colors that would help them feel calm and protected and peaceful.


This has been a very educational, creative, and just plain fun two week period of time.  One of my favorite things to do is be creative and learning a new computer program to help me is like frosting on the cake or sprinkles on the ice cream sundae.  During the past two weeks, I have learned the Adobe Creative Cloud App, InDesign and been able to use it to create a 3-page magazine spread.  The learning curve was steep but well worth the mental stress I endured.

I want to give a great big THANK YOU to my instructor, Jenny Van Sistine for taking the time to give me not just one, but two video critiques with many great ideas to help me, as well as answering my many questions.  I would also like to help my classmates who critiqued my rough draft on our class Facebook page.  I incorporated many of their ideas also.


Baby Steps Into the World of Photography

I have concluded that photography, while a great skill to have, does not come easily to everyone.  I have enjoyed learning about this new skill this week and hope that with lots of practice and more knowledge, I can become a decent photographer.  This assignment is enticing me to purchase a dslr camera to help me gain better skills.

The Rule of Thirds

The above picture is an example of the rule of thirds.  I found it on a website called  The photographer is Jack Morch.  I was not able to find any information about him, but I love this picture.

This picture is an example of the rule of thirds.  The horizon is right at the top horizontal third.  The dandelion drifts away at the top of the left third.  The little girl’s face is centered along the right third of the right vertical side.

The above picture is one that I took with my phone.

The object of focus (my granddaughter, Jordyn) is along the right vertical line that divides the picture into three vertical sections.  The top of her head is right at the point where the top horizontal line and the right vertical line intersects.  I think using the rule of thirds for this photo helps the viewer focus on Jordyn and her Grandpa rather than the background of the photo.

Leading Lines

This picture by Jim Zuckerman is an example of leading lines.  Jim Zuckerman left his medical studies in 1970 in favor of photography. He has written over 20 photography books, teaches photography through webinars and hosts photography tours all over the world. I found this picture at

Leading lines should direct the viewer’s eye directly to the main object of focus.  This picture is a perfect example of that.  Each row of flowers leads us through the photo to the windmill.

The picture of the lilac bush that I took in my backyard is a good example of leading lines.

The top of the fence and the edge of the grass lead directly to this beautiful bush.  The neighboring hedge also gives a very powerful leading line that directs the eyes of the viewer toward the bush.

Depth of Field

I found this example of depth of field at  It was taken by a photographer named Nita and it has a CCO License.

In this example of depth of field, the dandelion stands out in perfect focus while both the middle of the picture and the back of the photo are blurred. The dandelion represents the depth of field in this picture.

This is a photo I took with a borrowed Nikon 5500.  I had never used a dslr camera before so this was a steep learning curve.  These are lilacs in my backyard.  While I have a lot of practising to do to become even an amature photographer, I was happy with this picture.

In this picture, the depth of field is seen in the center lilac which is in focus while the other two lilacs and the background foliage are blurred.  This allows the viewer to focus clearly on the center bloom.

The world of photography is very new to me.  I have never been drawn to or experimented seriously in the field of photography before.  I have taken quick snapshots of family and on family vacations, but never worried about how they turned out.  It was all about the memories.  This has been a fun week and I am looking forward to learning more about photography and the possibilities it could lead to.