Learning Journal InDesign class

This is an InDesign class and learning journal. I have never used these programs before- very cool.

I think this is one of the most challenging things I have ever done, next to a simple SQL class. There's the creativity of composition (not experienced in that) and this is like learning a whole new language for me. I just need to keep experimenting and not being afraid to click on unknown icons.

If I could actually pull this off, it would be amazing!

The above poster was created for a class assignment, but as many things creative are, it's inspired by life. My daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis two years ago. Since then, we've had monthly visits to the doctor for her infusion treatments, visited our Congressman in Washington, walked to raise funds and awareness for the past two years. The Arthritis Foundation needs some serious awareness and support- if this event could happen, it would be amazing. So- I created a poster that's a hope and an idea. Anyone know Jimmy Fallon?? :)

Reflections on my InDesign class: I am not a teacher but work in a university, previously in the College of Architecture and Design. For me this course was about learning to use a program that all of the students I know used. It was also about learning to "do something better" and that something is creating presentations. I like teaching myself new things and learning new things, but I really needed help when it came to InDesign. What I learned about myself is that I need to practice and watch and keep practicing and not be afraid to make mistakes. Professionally, I'm used to easily understanding business concepts, so this was especially humbling for me. That said, looking at the pictures above, this is not the first time I've been humbled by learning something new. I experienced the same challenges when I first started learning about photography, which was also needed for the purpose of better presentation- because beautiful pictures of food sell food, and I've been writing recipes for a local online paper for the past 7 years. As this all relates to teaching (whether myself or someone else) is that I have learned that patience is required, as well as learning how others learn (by doing, reading, or listening), or at least being able to teach to different learning styles. I still have a lot to learn about photography, and more to learn about graphic design skills, but this class was very helpful, and challenging and I will keep practicing and creating pieces and pressing buttons without being afraid of what will happen next. Thank you for the excellent opportunity!


Photo Credit: Tracy Bermeo

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