Making Beautiful Documents: Design and Layout with InDesign

, Research Director, Gray Area Foundn. for the Arts

Tired of miles of black text on a white page? Or of trying to awkwardly squeeze images in between tons of words? Or of documents always being...ugly?

Put simply, InDesign is the new MS Word - the standard-bearer for creating professional documents, and a prerequisite for many jobs and opportunities. Much more than a word processor though, InDesign is a full publishing suite that allows powerful creation of a variety of print documents like brochures, proposals, postcards, fliers, and even entire books - and provides full integration with the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and Illustrator.

While powerful, the software can also be very intuitive once you know a few basic tips, tricks, shortcuts, and best practices - especially if you're already a little familiar with other Adobe products. That said, you certainly don't need to be a professional designer to start using InDesign and adding that extra bit of shine to your documents, no matter what your career path.

I decided to offer this class after seeing dozens of friends who were well-versed in Illustrator and Photoshop, but had rarely if ever touched InDesign before. I find with learning any new tools that the first 10% is 90% of the work - so to this end, this class will be a rapid, hands-on, practical (but fun!) introduction to the software. I'll also include general design pointers helpful for single-page and multi-page print media, and will tailor the class based on a pre-class survey to gauge everyone's existing experience. Hope to see you there!

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Jake Levitas

Research Director, Gray Area Foundn. for the Arts

I'm a designer with a couple generations of journalism in my blood and a soft spot for editing and page layouts since I was Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper in North Carolina. Since then, I've been laying out, editing, and designing pages and documents for nearly a decade in a variety of roles and positions. I currently serve as Research Director at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a local art and technology nonprofit, where I design and produce print and web media on a regular basis.

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