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VISCOM 115: Publication Creation in InDesign


1. How did you begin to design your Page Spread?

First, I took a look at my criteria: 

  • Two Pages
  • Header Text Box /Title
  • Subhead/subtitle
  • Body Text with 3 columns (reference the grid and composition presentation found under resources)
  • 2 Image with Wrap Around

Second, I decided my topic based on some of the projects I've done so far in VISCOM. 

Third, I pulled the necessary components from past projects. (I chose from the "flyer")

Fourth, wrote the copy to fill in space...none of that Lorem ipsum stuff.

Fifth, I ⌥ + ⌘ + W 'd those suckers up!

2. Did you consider grids and columns to best design your composition choice?

Since columns were in the criteria, I did take that into account. However, I had gone in with the blind assumption that I could do two, so I started writing with a plan, and then had to write just a bit more to fill in the space. Looking back, I think I should have taken some words out and made the picture on that spread bigger, but hey-o, we'll see what we can do.

3. When you applied a grid did it help to design the Page Spread? 

I may have missed this step. I like to believe I have an eye far greater than that of a snapping grid, but to be frank, that's probably 50% of my problems! 

4. When would using InDesign be the best option? What features did you find are very useful for using InDesign? 

Honestly, like Microsoft Publisher, I think it's useful for everything. The fact that it can handle text and images in the same application, and so smoothly (as well as its now-smoother Cloud transitions) is phenomenal. I still have a lot to learn, but I hope this is a program I grow to love. 


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