I have never taken an online design class before, so this was an experience. I was suggested to take this class to learn more about InDesign, since I am new to the program and normally do my work in Illustrator and Photoshop. I actually recently had a job interview at a printing company, and was sad to admit that I had little to none experience in InDesign. So learning this is absolutely necessary in order to better myself as a designer. I am a very quick learner- however, an even worse procrastinator. Here are my two assignments from the class.
Assignment #1 - Recipe
I play a lot of World of Warcraft, so I decided to use subject matter that I am incredibly familiar with, and enjoy this one. I think it is of the upmost importance when assignment projects to also have fun with it, because while learning, you can get bored if it is just generic material. Personalizing it is a great way to get more involved in what you are doing, and it allows the student to love their final project even more. I wasn't very happy with the outcome of this, I prefer much more polished and minimalistic approaches, but It got the job done in conveying what was needed.
Assignment #2 - Music Band Poster
Our second assignment was to create a music poster for a band. Hierarchy is super important in instances like this, so I took that into special consideration when creating this poster. I also wanted to keep it super simple, and readable from any distance when hanging on a wall. This is incredibly important in passing, because people may not have an opportunity to sit and read everything. The most important pieces of information are in big, bold Bebas Neue font, and the smaller font is BigNoodleTitling.
After all is said and done.
I am incredibly happy to have this experience, or even be able to do it. Anyone can do this class and learn at least something. I was able to forcefully sit down and meet deadlines in order to achieve what I wanted. Time management always challenges me, and this class challenged me even more. I am happy to say now, I am incredibly confident in my ability to use InDesign now, both in work and at home. I cannot wait to redesign my portfolio while using the program, instead of doing it page by page in Illustrator like I had originally planned on doing.
My netbook really does not like Illustrator.