Organizing Mass Materials Editorial Layout Design

The modular grid is a basis for all areas of graphic design but is especially important in editorial design. The use of such layout allows organizing of various elements of a page, giving its design integrity and clarity. At the same time, modular grid allows to quickly and properly organize work on a magazine’s spreads, make graphic and text blocks proportional, as well as to control margins.


Select a blog post from the Poster House website or an essay from this microsite. Now let’s turn it into an editorial spread!

Use the grid to layout the information in a hierarchical method considering how titles, text, captions, and images relate to one another.

Include the following:

Things to think about:

Title and by line

Article text

Images and Captions

Footer and Page number

Clear typographic voice

Things to think about:

How does your article begin? Are you designing a Title Spread, a Title page, or going straight into the article?

What’s the purpose of the layout you are working on? Is it image-based, story-based, series, entertaining? etc.

Have fun! Consider including a sidebar or a pull quote to add some flair to the layout.


How does the grid enhance or limit your ability to convey the subject matter you wish to communicate?

Select submissions will be posted on the website to highlight student work. Please Note: Submissions received before December will be reviewed and posted by February 1st. Submissions received between January and May will be reviewed and posted in June. Entries are accepted from all countries.

Alt Text Requirement

Alt-text is a written description of an image that allows those with low vision or blindness to experience the piece. How would you describe your design?

Submission Specs

Trim Size: w 9″ x h 11″
Spread SIze: w 18″ x h 11″
File Format: .pdf
Color Mode: RGB
Resolution: 72 dpi/ppi
Max File Size: 4MB