Learning objects Design a layout: magazine

TLF ID L8743

Examine how visual elements in a magazine page affect reader response. Compare a poorly-created magazine page layout with a good page layout and identify how the visual elements in the good layout work better to convey meaning to the reader. Explore how the style, size, colour and placement of images, text and other page elements can improve the readability of the page. Examine the magazine's model page layouts, then create a new page layout to suit the magazine’s requirements. Try different page layouts to compare the effect. Finally, reflect on what a good layout for a magazine is and why it is important. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students compose texts in print form using ICT.
Educational value
  • Models good visual layout structure, features and elements of magazine page layout.
  • Uses a page layout software simulator to explore the effect of changes in visual elements on a page.
  • Provides scaffolded activities to develop student's skill in manipulating visual elements of a magazine page layout to improve readability.
  • Includes texts which represent good and poor page layouts.
  • Introduces and reinforces the terms used in page layout.
  • Demonstrates how the placement of text and images on a page can improve readability.
  • Provides increasing levels of complexity in the tasks.
  • Includes a print option with the student's page layouts, the model text layouts for comparison, and the student's written reflections on what was learnt.
Year level

4; 5

Learning area
  • english
  • English/Language
  • English/Literacy
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Practical activity;
    • Communication activity;
    • Comprehension activity

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Annemaree O'Brien
    • Address: Hawthorn VIC 3122 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Annemaree O'Brien
    • Address: Hawthorn VIC 3122 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Dr Eileen Honan
    • Organisation: University of Queensland
    • Address: Brisbane QLD 4000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.uq.edu.au/
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 23 Dec 2015
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    • Copyright holder
    • Organisation: Lonely Planet/Ralph Hopkins
    • Remarks: The photograph of bottlenose dolphins swimming by Ralph Hopkins has been reproduced courtesy of Lonely Planet Images.
    • Copyright holder
    • Organisation: Lonely Planet/David Wall
    • Remarks: The photograph of a dolphin with a trainer at Sea World by David Wall has been reproduced courtesy of Lonely Planet Images.
    Access profile
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 6.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: 3.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 3.0 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: X
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: 2000 - maximum version: Vista
    Platform requirements
    • This object may not display correctly on the Mac OS X platform in Safari unless viewed with Flash 9 Player 9, 0, 24 (for Safari). Use of earlier increments of the Flash 9 Player may result in playback issues on both PowerPC and Intel based hardware. Indications of an incompatible player are looping and/or flashing animations which are likely to relate to flawed interaction with the API or rendering engine Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256 kbit/s or faster.
    • © 2015 Education Services Australia Ltd, except where indicated in Acknowledgements.