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Newsletter design - help!

Discussion in 'Logo Design & Brand Identity Forum:' started by davewill, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

    hey guys, im doing a freebie for a friend and they need a christmas newsletter producing for a local church. they want it double sided A4 on glossy paper (you know the type, not a fan myself, but anyway) and coz its for free and time is short I dont want to spend ages on it. I was wondering if anyone knew of any nice templates or layout grids I could base my design on?

    Newsletters are not something I usually do, i work alot with the sports industry and mostly produce advertising, brochures and product packaging so this is abit different and im trying to avoid a boring, looks like it cudda been done in ms word, style layout. any ideas would be appreciated
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  2. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    Pages, the Apple equivalent of MS Word, has some nice templates to choose from. I'm not saying you should make the newsletter in Pages but it can give you a good basic idea.

  3. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

    thanks onartis, im planning on using indesign to layout the newsletter, so dont worry, i never would use pages or word! but thanks for the inspiration, i just need a starting point really to get going, i appreciate your help tho, thanks!
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  4. charles

    charles Senior Member

    I'm sure whatever you do they'll think is amazing if it's for a church. theres a lot of this god is cool preaching going on at the moment so could go down the modern route..

    this is quite nice, fairly informal typography

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  5. Harry

    Harry Senior Member

  6. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

    thanks charles, thats a good example, its similar to what I had in mind. I cant decide if I should stick to what they want (A4 double sided gloss) or suggest folding to A4 to form an A5 4pg brochure on more of a luxurious stock. obviously the budget is very low but i still like to produce top quality stuff.

    Harry - cheers for that link, its well and truely bookmarked, everytime I go on that site i think i should bookmark it, so now I finally have!
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  7. charles

    charles Senior Member

    i was gonna say that a5 4pp may be way forward folding costs would be minimal
  8. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

    yeh i think it would work best, the idea is to advertise what is going on over christmas, along with a few present ideas, book reviews, music reviews, an interview, etc so its more like a mini magazine than a newsletter. any suggestions on a nice paper anyone? im not a fan of glossy print but i dont really know the names of any nice natural alternatives
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  9. charles

    charles Senior Member

    i would just print it on 170 gloss stock personally if on budget

    what is the budget and what is the run? if u dont mind disclosing...
  10. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

    well the run is only gona be around 150 - 200 copies, and there is no budget (altho not in a good way) Ive done abit of work for them in the past and they are happy to pay for print up to a point, but obviously want it to be as cheap as possible.

    Its been a real struggle over the years to convince them that its worth spending some money on print coz if they had their way I'd design 1 master file and they would photocopy it in B&W so I try and keep the cost to a minimum as best as possible, while at the same time producing something with abit of quality.
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  11. charles

    charles Senior Member

    Hmm so I guess you'd be looking at the £50 - £100 mark on a digital run?

    I'm not sure you'll find many printers who will do a low cost option on different stocks at that level.

    Wonder what miss printed easy can do?
  12. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

    well i do have a printer that I usually use, but id be interested in what miss printed easy would have to say, ill PM her now for some advice!
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