Table of Contents
Assignment 7: PART 1 -- Table of Contents
After many pages of advertisements, the table of contents serves as a quick breakdown of how the magazine is organized. It is especially helpful when a reader, after being intrigued by the cover and wants to read more, can flip to the contents and easily find the article they were looking for. Otherwise, it's a sad fact that many people don't really use them. BUT, that just means that it can be a springboard for fun and innovative designs that you can't get away with on the rest of the magazine. The table of contents is generally 1-2 spreads.
Let's do a quick analysis of some TOCs so we better understand what they're all about.
1. How many images are present? For what purpose do they serve?
2. Do the items appear in the same order as in the magazine?
3. Are the items named the same as the article's headline on the actual spread or in the cover line?
4. How did the designer use color to make the text more exciting?
5. How did the designer use typeface manipulation to make the text more exciting?
Before you design your own TOC, it's best to go find inspiration from professional publications.
To find out how your TOC will be graded, please refer to the following rubric.
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