Course  ·  Part 5  ·  Assignment 25


Reflection on Editorial Design

 Time limit: 30 minutes

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Evidence suggests* that reflecting on things we’ve just learned can help us to hold on to new knowledge, deepen our understanding, and increase our self-awareness.

* Reflection is a part of David Kolb’s influential model of the experiential learning cycle (1984, 2nd edition 2015). Jennifer Moon argues for reflective learning in professional development courses — see “Using reflective learning to improve the impact of short courses and workshops” (2004). A study by Robin Stark and Ulrike-Marie Krause suggests that reflection on learning positively impacts learning outcomes — see “Effects of reflection prompts on learning outcomes and learning behaviour in statistics education” (2009).


Complete a short reflection

Using paper and pen, a text document on your computer, or a voice note, put together a short reflection on the editorial design readings, exercises, and guided brief. There are some tips and prompts just below!


If you get stuck, or can’t think where to start, have a look back through the work you completed in Part 2, or briefly review the assignments.

Still feeling stuck? Here are some prompts:

  • What did you learn about editorial design?
  • Were there any aspects of designing the magazine feature that you particularly enjoyed?
  • How did you go about combining and balancing space, text, and images in your designs?
  • Were there any areas you found challenging or difficult to understand?
  • What did you discover while using Figma or InDesign?
  • Is there anything you weren’t able to figure out how to do in the software?

You can also try things like making a list of all the things you learned, writing down any questions you have, or reflecting on topics you’re feeling unclear about.

Remember, you can post questions over in our Slack workspace  . It’s free!

Take a break! ┌(◉ ͜ʖ◉)つ

Hear Aaron Draplin   — graphic designer, speaker, and founder of the Field Notes brand — share the story of how he became a designer.

In conclusion...

Feeling good!? Let’s tackle information design!

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Last updated 7 June 2021

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