Adobe® InDesign® CC is a powerful page-design and production application that offers precision, control, and seamless integration with other Adobe professional graphics software. Using InDesign, you can produce professional-quality, full-color documents and print them using a variety of output devices, including desktop printers, high-resolution imaging devices, and high-volume color printing presses. You can also design publications for a broad range of electronic devices, such as tablets, smart phones, and eReaders, and export InDesign document in several formats, including PDF, HTML, and EPUB.Writers, artists, designers, and publishers can communicate to a broader audience than ever before and through an unprecedented variety of media. InDesign supports this with its seamless integration with other Creative Cloud components.
Here is a great overview tutorial for InDesign by our main man Terry White. He's definitely a geek, but he's thorough and doesn't talk too much.
And, here is a decent short video that is good for quick review if you forget something Terry has said. Please watch both of these videos and remember: they will always be here if you need to review.
Designing on the Grid
Design and the process of "designing"--put simply-- is the way of visually organizing elements onto a picture plane.When creating multi-page documents, the grid is the principle way of organizing page elements. A grid divides a page into columns. An artist can follow the columns strictly, or use them as a rough guide to work within.
The Gutenberg Bible visual example follows a very rigid grid structure: the two columns of text have the same line length.The two columns of text also have the same vertical length.
However, the grid can also be used with much flexibility. In the visual reference example of the New York Times layout from 1918, the grid is more complex and versatile. This grid divides the page into eight columns.
We will be doing two separate introductory assignments using InDesign. One based on a strict grid structure, and one that chooses to completely deviate from the grid in its aesthetic.
In Class Assignment: Designing on the Grid
In Class and Homework Assignment:
Please note: In order to obtain the clipping mask for the hand (pointer), we will also have to go back and refer to another assignment.
Additional Homework: Get all your assets (jpegs) from your assignments into the class. You will post all your assets to a blog with a short 1-3 sentence description of the work, your intent and (possibly) how you made the work. Here is a video on how to create a blog. Note that all work needs to be posted on this blog as it is part of your final grade.
Here is a video on how to work in blogger. You may use your MCA email address? Blogger is easy, and links to your email accounts.