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Learning page design

Discussion in 'Design Discussion' started by NickMordo, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. NickMordo

    NickMordo Active Member

    I've been working at my current paper for about seven months now, but I've only been relegated to covering events and handling phones. Thus, I have no page design experience, hampering my potential job prospects in a profession where editors want do-it-all journalists.

    So, what is the best way to go about this? How can I learn on my own? Do I simulate sports pages somehow or what? TIA

    YGBFKM Guest

    Have you talked to your boss about this? If you tell him/her you want to learn, I would hope they'd be willing to allow you to build your overall skills.
  3. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    It's fairly easy to learn.
    I was very apprehensive about learning it but now that I've started, I'm hooked.
    Downside is I'm now one of the most experienced at my office, so it's been tough to go further than I have right now with it.
    Ask your boss if you can start with something simple; a jump page, or something else. Then keep trying more and more.
  4. NickMordo

    NickMordo Active Member

    Yes. He said at the moment they have more than enough page designers, which is -- I'm not gonna lie -- a blow to my psyche. I WANT to learn, WANT to be more well-versed. It makes me wonder whether I will ever get an opportunity to do other things there.
  5. dirtybird

    dirtybird Well-Known Member

    There are papers with more than enough page designers? What a luxury.

    You can pick up books or classes on design software, familiarize yourself with the functions. Then when the moment comes you'll be ready.

    Also, not getting a chance to do layout shouldn't be a blow to your psyche because, honestly, that just says something about the way the newsroom you happen to work at operates.
  6. becart

    becart New Member

    Learning is one thing while applying it to your own web page is another. It is very easy to design your page as it can just be done in simple drag and drop functions but you have t employ several strategies in order for it to be effective. Some functions include security, page scripting, style sheets and a lot more. That would be the technical side of it you can not get that skill overnight. So I guess you could start reviewing sample codes and taking basic classes. And see how it springs from there.
  7. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Are you autistic, because you don't seem to have any reading comprehension? This isn't the first thread where you've post crap like this.
  8. rube

    rube Active Member

  9. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Do you understand he's not talking about web-page design?

    At all?
  10. YGBFKM

    YGBFKM Guest

    Give the guy a break. He only had four fish sticks for dinner.
  11. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Nick, I'll recommend what I always recommend.


    "The Newspaper Designer's Handbook," by Tim Harrower.
  12. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    That book helped me a lot when I started designing.

    Or you can go becart's route and get this, but I'm sure the kid has all the answers.

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