Lost In Design

Imaging Week 3


Today’s class was an introduction to a completely new software, called InDesign. The faculty first asked us a question, ‘What is it that both Illustrator and Photoshop cannot do?’ I did a double take, because both of these softwares combined are the most important applications, not just in the Creative Suite, but in the design world itself. So what could possibly be the need for a third software? One thing I noticed that I cannot do is create layouts. And even if I do create one somehow, for every new page or layer, I’d have to keep manually creating rectangles and placeholders and whatnot, and they would still look similar, but not exactly the same. This is the main problem that InDesign can solve.

InDesign is most commonly used by authors/publishers, magazine writers and editors,and for creating brochures and pamphlets. Thus it involves a lot more of body text and it’s placing as compared to Photoshop an Illustrator. It is also more for designers using print media, and thus it makes printing equipment like offset printers a lot more important.

Some of the things InDesign can do.

The first thing that I learnt is about how Bleed is an important feature of the document. We often tend to want a background colour other than white for our project, or have full page artworks and illustrations. Usually,any printer will always have a cut margin. With bleed, the colour will fill the entire page end to end. This becomes especially important when designing visiting cards/brochures. We were told to use a standard 0.25mm bleed.

Any article in a magazine is usually called a ‘magazine column’. This is because all the text in a magazine is arranged in columns of 2,3,or 4, separated by a gutter space of around 5mm.

In this class we learnt how to make a basic indesign document, and how to configure the settings with respect to the topics mentioned above while opening a new document.

We then recreated the poem booklet that we’d made last semester for Integrative Seminar in InDesign.I did realize how much easier it was to add text and images when there were clear cut columns and grids for it, instead of trying to use photos and text as guides for each other in Illustrator.

Here is my final document:

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