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Loud on Paper Library Guide

This guide provides information on the Fall 2022 event, zines, and how to make a zine.

Design Ideas

Tips for Designing Your Zine

Just as there are infinite possibilities for what your zine can be about, there are many different ways you can design your zine. Do you want lots of color and images? Or maybe minimalism is your thing? Will you use handwritten text or cut and paste typed words? Your design choices can help you get your message across, so it's important to think about the visual elements of your zine.

The University of Texas Libraries has compiled these design tips that may help you as you plan your zine:

  • Color vs. Black and White: As you get started, think about what the end product will be. Do you plan to print your zine in color or black and white? If you plan to print in black and white, you can still choose to use color in the original. Color, patterns, images, and shapes can work together to create a dynamic composition in your zine. This will give your zine dimension even in black and white.  

  • Edge: You will want to leave a border around your images/illustrations/text. The photocopier may cut off some of your content if it is at the edge of your paper. Try to leave a ½ inch border, if possible.

  • Layout: Make a plan before you get started. This might mean making a chart so you know which pages will align when your zine is folded. If you are making your zine by hand, consider illustrating one side of the paper to photocopy. This may help you to keep your pages more organized. You can use the photocopier to turn single sheets into a double sided page.

You can find more inspiration for the design of your zine from these resources:

Including Images

Finding Images Online

Sharing ideas is an important part of zine culture, but you want to be sure you have permission to share or include the work of others in your zine. That means that when you're looking for images online to include in your zine, you'll want to be sure that you are choosing content that is in the public domain or that has a Creative Commons license giving permission for reuse. In many cases, you will need to give attribution to the original creator, so make sure to keep records of that information.

The Purdue Libraries has an awesome LibGuide with information on how to find Free & Open Source Images. The guide includes image search tools for the following categories:

  • General Image Resources
  • Art & Architecture
  • GIS (Geographic Information System)
  • Science & Technology
  • Icons & Illustrations

You can also find more information about copyright, fair use, and public domain content from the University Copyright Office.

Creating Your Own Images

Does zine-making have you in the DIY spirit? Try creating your own images! Through the Purdue Libraries, you have access to many tools that can help you take photos and edit images.