Sometimes our brain just clicks on an automatic timer. That happened the other day when thoughts of my last Alaskan Malamute Dottie bubbled into my mind exactly on the day 16 years after she had died.
How you handle an image or text, or both, on a page or page spread is going to be different depending on the type of tool you pick up to work with, the size of the page or page spread, and your own sense of design.
These are all things that I encourage you to play with.
We all have our defaults.
For decades I designed books and other print materials. That left me always in favor of margins, especially near the gutter.
And I enjoy handwriting headings—they don’t have to be perfect, they don’t have to be pre-drawn in pencil. Just wing it in ink. Just be in the moment. The important thing is to get something down on the page.
Make it readable if that matters to you. Make it illegible if it doesn’t.
I look at this spread and am reminded this is exactly how my pages looked when I was in school and college, long before I started creating layouts by hand and writing typesetting specs, or creating layouts in computer programs like Quark Xpress and InDesign.
Playing like this will help you discover what you want to like in design, typography, tools and paper. It’s a path of discovery you can keep at throughout your life.