14 best-practice rules for striking editorial design


So you want to create better editorial designs? From grids and layout to font pairings, contrast, pace, visual hierarchy and more, the decisions you make as a designer dictate the way information is presented, shared and understood – whether you’re laying out a book, magazine, newspaper or digital publication.

If there’s one thing we know from editorial design icons such as David Carson, it’s that rules are made to be broken. But you have to know the rules first…

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Luke Tonge is an art-director and graphic designer passionate about print, with publications like Boat Magazine and Alpha Life to his name. He currently juggles his dream job (designing the Recorder for Monotype) with working full-time at LIFE Agency, writing for FormFiftyFive.com and helping organise next year's inaugural Birmingham Design Festival.