This favorite project combines my passions in journalism and graphic design, and teaches students some useful skills in InDesign that — I’ve heard — are helpful in future endeavors. I curate some reliable news sources, and ask students to find an article related to education that intrigues them. Students create an illustration for their selected article in Photoshop using all original source images. The use of solely original images challenges students to think symbolically for imagery they cannot find in their surroundings. We create headlines that relate to the illustration imagery. The last step is putting the article, headline and illustration together into a two-page magazine spread in InDesign, which teaches students the basics of grid and column layout.
Students sometimes choose articles from The Friar’s Lantern, and the newspaper staff recruits designers from excellent student results in this project! Click on images to enlarge.