Project – Recipe layout

Recipe Layout- Two-Page Spread (InDesign)
Select a recipe  –  you will make a 2-page spread that could be in a cookbook.  Pick a recipe that has either cultural, social, or personal significance for you.

Objective: To use the grid as organizational tool in InDesign.
Use the Internet to gather high resolution images as well as other reference materials. Your design should have a sense of visual UNITY. This means all the elements on the page look like they go together. Establish a consistency of style to give your layout a visual impact. This can be done through image selection, color, placement and type choices.

To Begin: Select your recipe and the text for the layout: Your text will include the prep time, a list of ingredients, the directions and a short statement that describes significant details about the recipe, such as it can be part of a family tradition, from a culture that interests you, or even something you have never cooked before but would like to make.

Selection of images: Create a folder of images that relate to your recipe and that you might use in your layout. They can be your own or off the Internet. They must be high-resolution images. You can add your own drawings as well.

Sketch: Thumbnails- Make a series of thumbnail sketches with different layouts before you begin working in InDesign. Select the best one as your working reference for the final layout.

Parameters:

  • Layout: 2 pages (each 8.5×11″) horizontal or vertical
  • Use at least (2) photographic images
  • (1) font family
  • include: ingredients, cooking directions and context description

Layout:

  1. Create a NEW Folder, name it RecipeProject – put your image folder and InDesign file into this folder. Keep everything together in this folder.
  2. Launch InDesign, create a NEW Document, portrait orientation (8.5 x 11), check facing pages, for printing a 2-page spread. (If your recipe is big, you can change the orientation & use 11×17 (Tabloid) size instead.
  3. Create a structure for your layout using Ruler lines in a grid formation.
  4. Use the ruler lines to set up where your images & text boxes will be.
  5. Copy and paste Text in text boxes WITHIN THE MARGINS (purple lines). Add backgrounds, and other details to enhance your design.
  6. TYPE: body copy should be around 10/14 pt. Use no more than 1 Font Family.
  7. Think about Leading, Word spacing & Emphasis on certain areas
    DO NOT use “Stroke/Outline” on your type.
  8. Final Design save as InDesign file “LastName_First Initial_RECIPE.indd”
  9. Export: ADOBE PDF
  10. DO A TEST print and see what you need to change.

GRADING CRITERIA

1) Planning
Thumbnails approved………………………………………………………10pts

2) Grid
Is it clear that you followed a grid?
Are proportions & placements consistent?……………………….20pts

3) Typography
Letterspacing……………………………………………………………………10pts
Leading & Kerning…………………………………………………………….10pts
Appropriate Character Styles Used?………………………………….10pts

4) Images
Are images correct dpi?……………………………………………………20pts
Are images properly proportioned?………………………………….10pts
Are images Tiff files and CMYK?………………………………………..10pts

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