Assignment: 1-Page Newsletter

Eclectic skills

OVERVIEW: In this assignment, you will create a single page newsletter on the subject of sustainability. The text for the publication will be provided to you. I will try to allow you some latitude for creativity. Admittedly, you will not have quite the same freedom of expression as in the previous assignments. The reason is that I want you to apply the specific skills that are introduced during this module. Keep your creative hat on, however, because there will still be some room for originality.

Here is the illustration, which includes the basic layout and the primary features that are to be included in each section. The sections are numbered, and further discriptive information follows the illustration. I drew it rather roughly by hand so that you won't feel as restricted by sizes or exact positioning.



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Description of each block of the illustration above.

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  1. Block 1 is your newsletter masthead, which is defined as the title of a newspaper or magazine at the head of the front or editorial page. You are to include outline text and make sure your overall masthead stands out and is attractive. Do whatever additional things necessary to make that happen.
  2. Block 2 is a part of the masthead as well. Include any kind of ownership and date information. It would be good to include your name here. But it's entirely up to you.
  3. This block is optional. But if you feel inspired to add any other info or design elements in this area, feel free to do so.
  4. Block 4 is the first column of the newsletter. Include one article and an original drawing as described below:
    • Apply your two styles for the article title and body text.
    • Use primitive shapes and/or pen tool to draw something that represents sustainability.
    • Some of many possible items that you can draw include: lightbulb, green cityscape, trash can, venn diagram, leaves, tree, water bottle, sunrays, etc.
  5. There are several requirements for block 5:
    • Instead of following the columns, make a textbox that stretches across two columns.
    • Include one article.
    • This is considered the banner article.
    • It's best not to use your Heading style for the article title. You can format the title without styles. Make sure it's more dominant than your paragraph style.
    • Apply your body text style for the article.
    • Use a drop cap for the article's first paragraph. Get rid of first line indent also.
    • Place or paste a picture to the right or left of the text. Wrap the text against the picture. Be sure to add an offset.
  6. For block 6, thread two articles into the two columns here. Apply your two styles for the article title and body text.
  7. Design a visually pleasing and fairly large footer. Include any information or design elements you wish. By the way, you are not required to use curves in your footer.