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A page plan or document map gives designers an overview of all the pages in their publication and indicates how the layout will work across facing pages and double-page spreads.

Page maps help with the many typographic decisions that a designer must make regarding text type, display type, heads, subheads, captions, illustrations, white space, pull quotes, information boxes and other page furniture like rules and their placement on a grid.

In graphic design and advertising designers prepare 'comps' (short for 'comprehensives') for the client showing the page layout of the proposed design before actual content (text and illustrations) has been added.

View the layout of a 10-page project given to students of designer and author James Craig at The Cooper Union, one of the oldest and most distinguished higher education institutions in New York. Run through the pages by clicking on the arrows at the top of the webpage. Student projects are shown with and without their underlying grids so you can see how the pages were constructed:

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On the same site you can also check out examples of imaginative solutions to a different design brief for an eight-page brochure by James Craig's students. Subjects range from bull chasing and fast cars to Chinese Opera and Alfred Hitchcock. Click on the thumbnail covers to view the page spreads:

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