I have learned so very much doing this course... so many short cuts being self taught I missed. I really appreciated how simple adding in a grid was to enhance and improve layout. I liked the comment "grids establish a rhythm and meter" and guides the viewer in a logical way through the pages. The use of the Golden Ratio was so well explained it finally made real sense to me. (Which is why I stick to the rule of thirds). Creating paragraph and layer styles really streamlined the process, even just the simple holding option (Mac) to duplicate something. I really enjoyed how the projects built on each other, from business card through to the interactive functions, and I am already working out how I can get this happening with my students. Often referring back to design elements and principles was really great as it reinforces what I teach and gives me other ways to approach it. The discussion on symmetry vs asymmetry was something which makes me want to explore the elements even more. The guest speakers on the live recordings were brilliant and very inspiring. I have some names to follow, and ideas to try out. I really liked the idea of creating the booklet structure on paper... that's how I roll. Lots of amazing links and videos and sites which have been bookmarked. Thanks for all of the wonderful takeaways, and looking forward to the next journey.
Thank you to all of the amazing Adobe trainers for sharing their knowledge. again, a brilliant way to spend my break.
This has been such a wonderful course to do.... only to be stumped on the last project with one little button.
I have embedded the use of Master Pages to avoid moving things around. Paragraph and Object Styles streamline the process.
I was able to create simple animations but no one but me can see them, as I don't have the "Publish Online" button in the version of InDesign I am using.
The opening page had my name animate in . The heading Creative Educator took you to my PD blog. Each of the next lines were converted to buttons and the Professional Development went to Page 2, and the Creative Arts Classes went to page 3. Adobe Education Trainer takes you to my Behance site and Resources takes you to previous PD I have run.
I probably went over the top with photos... and if things were working better I possibly would have put them on seperate pages. I inserted a link on the PD page to my PD blog, and on the creative classes page a button from text links to my Makerspace blog, where I share my creations. On the Master page B which I used for pages 2 and 3 I created a little house PNG in Photoshop (quicker and simpler than the way we were shown as it's in the shape symbols) which linked back the pages to the Home page.
Overall... I would probably simplify the layout a lot more. Less is more, as long as the links work. So, after I upload this I will be getting a strategy in place to update my Adobe CC, and at school as well, so the students reap the benefits.
This week's task was to create a 4 page pamphlet in InDesign. Once again this has cemented my skills and strengthened my understanding of the ins and outs of InDesign as well as the nitty gritty of putting together a well planned and laid out design.
I used the grids, and master pages to pop them on to each page beautifully, then creatively (I hope) put the information in. It was based on a simple handbook I created for the school holiday program for primary aged kids. So I did try to keep it image based and I had to work to keep the terms simple, but still useable enough for my high school classes. I also used my business card from week one as an asset on the final page. I will probably expand this booklet to include each of the elements of design. I would like to print it to see how the background works, if too distracting from the info I could make it more transparent, or simply white, or a textured image. I definitely prefer InDesign's layout flexibility. I wonder if you can work out how many columns and rows.... hehehe
Freepik and vectorstock icons were used in the creation of my business card.