Compare the design (in terms of pace and contrast) of an online magazine, blog or website to that of a printed magazine, book or journal.

  1. What differences can you see between the kinds of design strategies used in the two formats?
  2. Write down your findings and upload it to WordPress.



I compared an article that was published both in the design magazine “Computer Arts” and on the website www.creativebloq.com.

Despite being the same article, the two publications have some unique features on their own. Though the assignment focuses on the design differences, I will point out some none-design features that makes them stand out from each other.


  1. Different headings.

    On web the article is titled: “10 top design trends for 2017”
    On print the article is titled: “Trends roundup”

  2. Layout.

    On web you scroll down to unveil the content, like most online articles.
    On print, you read across the entire spread, making your eyes go a bit back an forth.

  3. Sub headings.

    On web, each design trend pointed out has a sub heading along with a number placing them on the list.
    On print, the design trends pointed out are without a sub heading. Just a number.

  4. Format/layout of pictures.

    On web, almost all of the picture are formatted the same.
    On print, there is a different format for all the pictures, revealing the entire content and whitespace as it probably was ment by the photographer.

  5. Amount of design trends.

    On web, there are 10 design trends presented.
    On print, there are 12 design trends presented.



The web article is more basic and can be easily skimmed when killing the time surfing the web. It took me less time to read the web publication than the printed one.

The printed magazine has a more playful layout, that is more interesting for the eye. The contrasts with the size and layout of the images are clear and this version of the publication is read in a slower pace then the web version.


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