Digital Publishing for Educators Robert Faust

Final Reflections

I've been working with the production of documents for many years. As a teacher there is always the need to be producing documents for the classroom and the school. With little formal training in design and publications, I learned new skills as particular projects dictated.

This course gave me the opportunity to polish up some old skills and add a bunch more to the toolkit. The last two projects were particularly challenging from both a design and implementation standpoint. At times I regretted creating my own artwork, since it added to the time needed to complete the projects. But now that they have been completed, I'm glad I went to the extra effort.

Once again I was learned so much from the work submitted by the rest of the class. A big thank you to the instructors and support staff for conducting another valuable course. See you in digital photography!

Week 5 - Interactive Brochure

Screenshot of Interactive Brochure

Click here for the interactive brochure.

I'm happy with what I learned in producing this project, but it is most definitely not ready for prime time. I've worked with Flash for a number of years, so the concept of animation was nothing new. I was frustrated with not having timeline control of the process. My intent was to have the logo saunter in from the right, then fade out a bit. As you can see, there is not a smooth transition between the two animations.

The design was thrown together hastily in the hopes that once the interactive portions were figured out, the design could be cleaned up a bit. I am truly impressed with the direction being taken for online digital publishing. At my home, we've subscribed to a physical newspaper for many years. Next month are switching to the digital only subscription.

The digital publishing features for InDesign seem to need some refining at this point. I watched all three of the live class demos, and all three presenters had issues of one form or another. It does bring some comfort knowing that we need to be prepared for the unexpected. Once again, a very rewarding experience. Thanks for a great course!

Week 4 - Product Brochure

This project really kicked my butt. Not so much because of technical issues, but failure to find big enough chunks of time to knock it out. Day jobs are for the birds!

I abandoned the blue angled look for this project, mostly because I settled on a rustic wood background reminiscent of a backyard fence. I spent quite a bit of time playing around with styles. Styles really unleash the power!

The toughest technical challenge I had was trying to produce the Old Dog logo with transparency where the dog's left ear overlaps the "D." Invested lots of time trying to solve that one, then gave up and just produced a PNG file that I edited in Photoshop. I'm happy with the look of the logo on brochure, but wish the Old Dog was looking in the other direction. I'm not overly thrilled with the design of the inside pages. I didn't want to completely block out the logo on the inside. The result is too text heavy, but as they say: Perfect is the enemy of done!

Week 3 - Event Flyer

I started the angled blue text areas with the business card project...so I decided I'd carry it through the rest of the projects. It's made it a bit challenging, but 'Repetition' is one of the key principles of design. the challenge was getting all the necessary information onto the flyer.

As I've stated before, this business doesn't exist, but I think there is a market for educating a small portion of our population that finds themselves left out or the new world that technology has pushed us into over the past few decades.

The flyer is darker than I'd like, but once again time constraints put me into a 'good enough" position rather that revising until it was excellent.

Week 2 - Social Media Graphic

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

Technology has truly transformed our lives. Some ways for the better...some not so much. Complex systems often lead to big time frustration for the users. This advertisement is meant to answer that cry for help for the frustrated tech user.

I thought the photo from Unsplash portrayed frustration in as positive a way as possible. We've all been there, but someone smashing a computer with a hammer would have been a bit over the top.

I stuck with the fonts and color scheme from the business card to maintain consistency of design. I think the logo needs some work, but it will do for now. I used the feathered gradient effect on the photo to blend it in with the white background. The process was pretty straight forward and I'm happy with how it turned out.

Week 1 - Business Card

Things have been hectic with the start of the school year, but I should have had this up much earlier. I came up with my idea fairly quickly, but couldn't come up with a logo design I was happy with. I haven't stepped away from this logo long enough to know if I like it or not just yet. A day or two away from a project gives fresh eyes and a better perspective.

For many years people have been asking me for help with their technology needs. I'm always happy to help and don't charge, but I always wonder if it could be a small business to fill my free time...if I ever get any.

The card uses Hobo Std Medium for the business title and logo, and various fonts in the Eras typeface for the rest. I thought I'd give a vertical orientation a try. I've used InDesign since it was Aldus PageMaker on an old Mac SE/20 (You see...I am an old dog!). It's a piece of software that is daunting to master, so this class is a good refresher to dust off some old skills and learn a few more. Looking forward to the rest of the class and seeing what the rest of the class comes up with.


Header photo is mine, and a tip or the hat to the 'Bliss' background from Windows XP days. I snapped this out the window of our car driving I-90 across central South Dakota. The prairie is beautiful country!

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