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Hello.

I'm writing my master's thesis in geology and I need some tips for formatting.
There are no restrictions at my university for style only that it must be printed one sided pages.
(I learn using InDesign and I already read many articles about thesis style on the web.)

I decided to use Palatino Linotype for the Text Body and FF DIN Pro Bold and Light italic for the headings.

I don't know what margins and line spacing should I use for the text to look proportional and be easily readable. On the left side there should be a gutter of 1 cm, and there won't be any footnotes just a page number.

Thanks for the help!

P.S.: Maybe it's not the most important thing to design a thesis I just like doing it. I feel that the work of my last 2 years should look professional in every way.

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If you're familiar with LaTeX then that's a good point to start setting your thesis with. With LaTeX you can specify a few parameters like margins and then your layout class will compute the rest for you. Perhaps take a look here. (I used the KOMA book LaTeX package to set my thesis.)

Other than that, if you want to use inDesign (why?) then what parameters do you have? Paper size? How many levels of heading? Illustrations, tables?

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I'm not familiar with LaTex, but thanks. I started to use InDesign for fun, and because I want to learn it but that's not exactly related to the issue. I'm only asking these things because I'm not very familiar with page layouts in typography yet.

So my original questions: What line spacing and margin do you think works well with Palatino Linotype, if only one sided pages are used. There are two levels of heading and figures every 3-4 pages that take 1/2–1/4 of the page.
As for the margins I tried top: 2cm, bottom: 3.2cm, right:2cm, left:4.2cm so the written text snaps to a golden ratio grid.
Am I on a good path? I can't decide between a line spacing of 1.5 or 1.25 (1 looks too crowded and I find it hard to read for 40 pages).

Thanks!

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Page size?
Type size?

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A4, 12pt

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If you already have enough text to fill two facing pages, I suggest to play around with different settings. From past experience, seeing the print will give you a much better idea than going by numbers. The line spacing will also determine the text block size: tighter spacing, smaller block; and then the text block size can be placed differently depending on header and footer and folios.

If 12pt is not negotiable, then this already decides the line measure (characters per line) which should be about 2 alphabets.

Bottom line, there are many different factors and personal taste at play here. Print them out and let your personal feel and taste guide you :-) When you found something, perhaps post it here and then people can discuss tweaks and improvements.