Adding interactivity

In the second instalment of his three-part magazine creation tutorial, Dylan Channon takes the basic layout he created in part one and adds some interactive elements to bring the design to life.

At its most basic, editorial design is words and pictures on pages. It doesn't move or make a sound, and you can't click, drag or move it. You look and read, and don't interact. That's where people think newspapers and magazines lose out to the internet and screen-based media. And to an extent, it's true.

If you're a traditional print designer, HTML, XML or ActionScript may seem like a foreign language. The aesthetic side of screen design is similar to print but, all of a sudden, you need to be a computer programmer to make things 'work'.

Plenty of magazines these days have a website to support or complement them, but why can't the magazine itself also be the website? By that we don't just mean a flat representation of print, but an all-singing, all-dancing interactive version.

Thanks to InDesign, you don't have to learn another application to produce a respectable multimedia-rich PDF file. In part two of this three-part tutorial, you'll learn how to can take the simple print-based publication created last issue and turn it into a fully functioning interactive PDF to view on screen, with clickable hyperlinks, navigation buttons and even embedded movies.

Click here to download the support files ( 11MB)

Click here to download the tutorial for free