This post is motivated by this post Recommended margin and binding offset and especially by the answer of Bernhard.
As someone who does not really have any clue about page layouts for books and theses, i have a question about margins for my paper. I found this post and found it quite helpful, therefore i hope someone here can ansewer my question. I currently start to write my Master thesis in physics.
My university and also the department does not have any hard restrictions on the layout. I wrote my bachelor thesis at the same place and never really cared about the formation and style.
This time i want to improve the layout of my work. I tried out Bernhards suggestions for ordinary and neater printing. Personally, i found to not quite like the large margins on the sides of my text. So i chose 2cm for the outer margins and 1.2cm for the inner margins with a adaptive binding offset of 4-8mm, depending on how many pages i will have to write. My bachelor thesis has only 30 pages due to the nature of our work. Here i did not even needed a book style and used single side printing for the work. Maybe when i am finished, i will also have to switch back to equal left/right margins for the thesis due to the low number of pages. Also, i found that i would like to reduce the top margin to around 1.5cm if this were possible for printing. If this is also relevant, i use the baskervald font with 12pt and set the margins via the geometry package.
My question is: Would you consider my choice of margins as unprofessional or unappropriate? I never cared in my bachelorthesis and had very small margins there. My two supervisors, who also had some theses in their hands already, never complained. I really care about the look of the theses this time, as i already have some options for PhD positions in my field. Obviously, the master thesis should make a good first impression.