ABSTRACT

A bureau of young journalists, called the GRAPEs, have also found it valuable to keep an ongoing collection of pages torn from their favourite magazines and newspapers. In design parlance, this is called a ‘morgue’ or ‘idea file’. The children keep their eyes open for graphic design elements (headlines, storyboards, sidebars) that they like and paste these into a large blank sketchbook. A short note on each page explains why they liked the graphic. When the members

of the graphic design team run out of ideas or have trouble articulating a graphic style, they refer to the morgue for inspiration. Similar books or files may also be kept by the reporters and copywriters for collecting new story topic ideas from other publications. Ultimately, the morgues expand the way children think of their roles: writers can contribute to the design process, and artists can help direct the written content of the publication.2