The website Wikipedia has a “random article” button on the left. Click it. Provided the result is not extremely long or extremely short, copy the text out of the page and typeset it using your typeface on 8.5″ wide by however long.
You may take the organization and aesthetics of it as far as you want, but the main goal is clarity. You are not replicating their format, but using their hierarchy. It is also another excuse to have you work in inDesign. Consider using tabs, paragraph styles, character styles and other parts of inDesign that you have not yet had a chance to use.
Tile your printouts to make a long verticle page or print on a plotter. Start this in class and let’s look at it next week.
Design your interview at the trim size you feel to be most appropriate. Start your interview on the right-hand page (recto) and finish on the left-hand page (verso). You decide the number of spreads that the interview should require. Consider images, pull-quotes, page numbers, folios and other book matter. You are looking to create an engaging format for reading and comprehension.
Ideally your book model and your trimmed layouts will match. Note we have not covered grids/macrotypography in class, but your readings cover this for next week. Your readings, and your understanding of subject matter, will be your guide as to how you might place your items on the page. We will look at your layouts and work with book grids next week explicitly. You will have a week to adjust your layouts to fit the final page size.
Pay attention to line-breaks and rags. I expect the text to be typeset well. Bringhurst is a good resource for how hyphenations and spacing should work.
Existing books that deal with similar content or are of the same length are great places to find inspiration. Chop down other books or large magazines if you don’t find existing books. Think creatively and openly, but realistically. Bring in any comparables to look at next week.
In addition to comparables, create your own book model to communicate the exact size (or proportion) that you feel you’re going for. Your book models may use blank paper or they may include scrap paper or printouts from the recycle bin. If you’re interested in printing in signatures (as most commercial books are printed), you may not need to fold and sew for this week. Glue binding the block is sufficient for now. Note, the purpose of creating a book model is to communicate your idea of how the book should feel. If paper weight or color is important, then track down what you’re looking for now.
Note there are digital printing options at standard sizes and these may prove themselves a good option, but let’s see where your research and interests lead us first.
Split up into two groups and pass out a copy of your typeset interview to your group members. Read them silently for content. You may find it helpful to make notes on the printout to remind you of parts you want to bring up in discussion. It may be helpful to hear from the interviewer first to know who the interview is with and what was the context of the interview.
The small groups discussion should draw out themes, tone and other ways to describe the interviews collectively. After the discussion, take the time to mark up the printout for typographic and grammatical errors.
We’ll meet as a class to summarize and list out some themes to list below.