Boot Camp: Core Typesetting Training in InDesign

Michael Stinson, Creative Director, Instructor & Ice Cream Abuser.

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6 Videos (30m)
    • Let's Get Started

    • Drill 1: The Grid

    • Drill 2: Scrub Content

    • Drill 3: Setting Styles

    • Drill 4: Massaging Copy

    • The Full Exercise


About This Class


Ever notice how it takes more time to set up a single master page of type than you thought was needed?

That’s because page typesetting takes familiarity with fonts, content function and copy flow, all which takes practice in order to accomplish quickly. In reality, setting up a page quickly is simply a matter of combining small tasks together to build your 'design muscle' memory.

The tasks, once you're familiar with them, are easy to do.

This is why I've created the Boot Camp: Core Training challenge. It used to take me hours choosing a font, flowing it in, setting up hierarchy and then changing my mind again. Now, it takes me less than 10 minutes to set up a page, all in one text box.

If you know Adobe InDesign well, then I challenge you to typeset a full page under 10 minutes too.

This InDesign Boot Camp is an intermediate-level speed session for design practitioners who want to take the guesswork out of page production. Learn:

• How to prepare a proper page grid
• How to build text boxes for maximum efficiency
• How to quickly establish a typography hierarchy system
• How to use styles effectively

29 of 29 students recommendSee All

Thanks for this awesome Tutorial. Learnt a lot in such a short time.
This is excellent! I wish there were more classes like this one on skillshare. This is recommended for the ones who are familiar with InDesign. It helps to improve efficiency dramatically! I wish I knew 10 years ago… Thank You, Michael Stinson! You're a great teacher!
Michael is one of the strongest typographic minds in the world and taking his classes will definitely make you a stronger designer and typographer.
Zachary Hill

Designer + Illustrator





Michael Stinson

Creative Director, Instructor & Ice Cream Abuser.

Michael is a lead instructor at TypeEd and Creative Director at Ramp Creative. With over 20 years in the field of design, his identity and annual report work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Mohawk Paper, TDC, Graphis, etc. Conversely, he’s served on the juries for the Ad Club, Graphis, the One Show Design and the Young Ones design competitions.

He teaches typography at Laguna College of Art + Design, speaks at conferences AdobeMAX and Typecon, and tours AIGA Chapters nationwide to talk about typography and the importance of readability.

Find him on Instagram posting his favorite annual reports from the 70s, 80s and 90s.