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

      1:50
    • Drill 1: The Grid

      2:31
    • Drill 2: Scrub Content

      3:20
    • Drill 3: Setting Styles

      5:31
    • Drill 4: Massaging Copy

      10:04
    • The Full Exercise

      6:41

About This Class

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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

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This is a great class! I learned so much about how to use inDesign in such a short amount of time!
Great class to speed up your InDesign workflow!

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Michael Stinson

Creative Director, Instructor & Ice Cream Abuser.

Michael is a typographer and graphic designer and serves as the 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, and more. 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 or on Twitter ranting about good and bad typography.