CRAP Magazine

Congratulations, you’ve just been named the publisher of your very own magazine! You’ll put together the first issue featuring whatever topic and content you like. Along the way, you’ll demonstrate your knowledge of all 4 of the design principles, Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. Watch the full video below to review and find out about the last two:

This time, use all four principles and in your reflection afterward, explain how you used each one.

You absolutely have to use InDesign to do this correctly. You could design elements (like your cover or ads or logo or whatever in Photoshop or Illustrator, but it has to be put together with InDesign.)

SAMPLES from previous students

Your document setup will look like this:


You can (and probably should) just leave your pages laid out the way they are created:

SAVE your file On your Computer and in OneDrive (and make sure OneDrive is running on your computer!)

You will be creating a magazine about a topic of your choice (school appropriate….) It could be about your favourite sport/team, favourite animal, a place you like to visit, or just make one about Westwood Collegiate! Pick a topic that is interesting to you and that you already know something about.

Magazine topic ideas:

  • Music / Musical Instruments (finding high quality photos of your favourite bands/artists could be tricky, so you may want to keep it somewhat generic, eg. about guitars or something like that.)
  • Cars
  • Animals – you choose your favourite animal or type of animals (eg horses, barnyard animals, whales, sea animals, etc.)
  • Food
  • Vacation/Travel (where do you or would you like to visit)
  • Household items (around the kitchen, tools, furniture, etc.)
  • Makeup/Beauty
  • Sports
  • Westwood Collegiate
  • another topic APPROVED BY ME

You need to have HIGH QUALITY IMAGES in your magazine. I HIGHLY recommend using a photography site like Unsplash or perhaps Flickr where you can download high quality photos!

You will have ARTICLES as well. You could write those yourself if you really want to impress me, but likely you will find your text online. Using a site like Wikipedia would be acceptable, but you’ll have to do some work to make text copied from there look good.

Whatever you choose to do, you must have:

  • An appealing cover page that lists some of the content inside of your magazine.
  • 12 pages, all containing good quality content
  • Pages must be numbered! No page number on the front or back cover! You can decide whether there’s a separately numbered table of contents page or index. InDesign must do the numbering for you! (ie you can’t just add a text box on each page and write in your own number – CHEATING!)
  • It’s rare for a magazine article to contain only one photo. You could have one larger photo alongside text or multiple photos on most pages.
  • Remember that magazines have different articles with different authors. While it isn’t important for you to write a lot in your magazine, you should have some appealing text setting the different articles apart. You should have an author listed close to the article title, and there should be some kind of text alongside the image(s).
  • Magazines contain advertising. Often, a lot of advertising…

Perhaps most importantly, you need to incorporate (and explain how you used) the 4 main principles of design:

  • Contrast
  • Repetition
  • Alignment
  • Proximity

You also are going to learn and apply new and important concepts:

  • Parent Pages
  • Text Wrapping
  • Paragraph Styles

The first step is to decide on a topic and find some content. This is going to be very important because you’ll be marked on how realistic/interesting your magazine is. It should look like something that someone might actually buy.

You have a fair bit of creative freedom here, but you have to make sure that your content is appropriate and that it makes a good magazine. You also of course have to use all of the tools you’ve learned in InDesign to create this properly.


There are some older tutorials that could help you get started on this, however, some of the SETUP INSTRUCTIONS ARE DIFFERENT IN THE VIDEO. Especially if you would like to print out your magazine, please use the size and settings you see ABOVE.

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