a place for zinesters - writers and readers
hi alphabet zoo,
i'd say like most things in the zine world there is no specific formula. i have found that giving people access to a zine master (i.e.: my laid out zine that i would feed through the photocopier) is a really useful way to help them think about the move from writing and layout to the photocopied object that is a zine. i also tend to take a long loads of different kinds of zines for people to look at so they can see the diversity of things that qualify as 'a zine'.
alphabet zoo said:
Hello, we have been running zine workshops down here in South Africa for the past year and a half but we not sure if we are doing it all right. Is there a specific formula for running zine workshops? Are there rules on what NOT do when running a zine workshop?
Holy Shit bro! thanks for making this. You even had your pages laid out right for odd and even printing on a one side machine.. You have no idea how many people fuck that up. This looks like a great general guidebook and I'm so glad it printed off fine the first time.
Several years ago I made a "booklet" for work (it's not a zine, right *wink*) called "Layout for Non-designers". It was made specifically for the students/instructors and focuses a little on Quark XPress. The overall concepts, however, may be a good guide. Emma, in your case take a look at page 6. It explains my zinester math to doing layout.
It's uploaded as a PDF file, and can be printed 2-sided and stapled.
this handy software called a piece of paper, But you'll need to buy some peripherals, such as a pen, scissors, and (optional) staples.
I use Microsoft Publisher to create the layout. I think the option is called "Booklet". Pretty straight forward. Then I drag and drop the artworks and when everything is in place I convert the whole document to a PDF, for me, it's easier to print but you could skip that last step and go print direct from the document. Cheers!