Fundamentals of Editorial Design for Magazines

A course by Stefano Cipolla
Journalist and Art Director. Roma, Italy.
Joined September 2021
, Journalist and Art Director

Learn the ins and outs of graphic design for magazine articles, from format analysis to text and image layout

  • Italian with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (8)
  • 210 students

Learn the ins and outs of graphic design for magazine articles, from format analysis to text and image layout

Italian with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (8)
  • 210 students
  • 16 lessons (3h 15m)
  • 32 additional resources (10 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Italian
  • Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What exactly is a magazine? What are the different parts and how are they arranged? How are articles laid out for the most effective communication? In this online course, learn the answers to these questions and the secrets to magazine design alongside Stefano Cipolla, journalist and art director at L’Espresso.

Stefano teaches you how to combine images and text to create an eye-catching four-page article that draws your reader in. Start with a thorough analysis of magazine formatting, then learn how to arrange text with proper spacing before inserting photos and images to create a coherent and well-balanced layout. Finally, see how to enhance the content of an article through attention to detail.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Inside the News
  • U3
    U3. From Words to Text
  • U4
    U4. A passion for Images
  • U5
    U5. Attention to Details
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Stefano Cipolla, art director and your teacher for the course. He tells you about his professional career in communication as well as the people that have influenced his work.

Begin your journey into the print world by studying a variety of magazines and newspapers to understand the individual parts that make them up. Stefano also teaches you about tone of voice and the different ways you can present the same information depending on the reader and the materials you have available.

Now it's time to start working on your final project. Create a column grid, first on paper and then digitally, and experiment with text formatting and spacing. Then learn how to identify font types and choose the one that best fits your design.

Continue with an in-depth look at images. Discover the different types, such as photographs, illustrations, and infographics, as well as when and how to use them. Complete your layout by inserting multiple images into your grid and then do a final check of your overall design before sending it to print.

To round out the course, Stefano explains the inner workings of a newsroom, including the people involved, their role in creating a magazine, and why teamwork is so crucial for seamless collaboration.

What is this course's project?

Design the layout for a four-page article in an imaginary magazine.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who loves the world of print and images and wants to learn how to design and format articles.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of digital layout and design programs like Adobe InDesign and Photoshop are necessary for this course. In terms of materials, all you need is a computer with both programs.


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Stefano Cipolla

A course by Stefano Cipolla

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Journalist and Art Director

Stefano Cipolla is a journalist and art director at the weekly magazine L’Espresso. Although he originally enrolled to study political science, his life-long love of images helped him discover his passion for design, which he decided to pursue at a private graphic design school instead. After several years at an agency, he shifted to freelance work, producing books and magazines, designing exhibitions, and creating ads for brands and events.

Since then, he's worked for different magazines and newspapers such as Il Manifesto, La Repubblica, and L’Espresso, where he's held the position of art director since 2018. He spent 12 years teaching history of graphic design and infographics at the IED in Rome and currently teaches editorial design at the Scuola di giornalismo in Urbino. He also gives lectures and runs workshops at Mimaster in Milan and the IED in Turin.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Inside the News

    • What Is a Magazine
    • Let's Analyze the Sections of a Newspaper
    • Understanding, Interpreting, and Reporting the News
  • U3

    From Words to Text

    • Preparing the Grid on Paper and Digitally
    • Working with the Text
    • Insert Texts and Dimensions 1
    • Insert Texts and Dimensions 2
  • U4

    A passion for Images

    • Working with Images: Photos
    • Commission an Illustration
    • The Value of an Infographic
    • We Layout Our Images 1
    • We Layout Our Images 2
  • U5

    Attention to Details

    • Alignment and Approval
    • The Importance of Teamwork
  • FP

    Final project

    • Fundamentals of Editorial Design for Magazines

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Fundamentals of Editorial Design for Magazines. Design course by Stefano Cipolla

Fundamentals of Editorial Design for Magazines

A course by Stefano Cipolla
Journalist and Art Director. Roma, Italy.
Joined September 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (8)
  • 210 students