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Introduction to InDesign and Typography

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Class Description

Effective immediately in response to COVID-19, most Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

In advance of each session, Tech Training will provide you with a Zoom link to your class, along with any required class materials.

In this InDesign introductory class, you will have the opportunity to learn best practices for laying out a visually-compelling design and abstract to effectively convey the subject matter in order to draw in the viewer's attention.

Prerequisites: No prior experience is necessary. Just bring your creative and open mind.

Best typography and design practices are an integral part of the class so the visual components of your abstract will be effective in conveying the subject matter and drawing in the viewer.

Learning Objectives
During this course, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to design and lay out an abstract
  • Understand page layouts (headings, body text, footnotes, placing images and graphics)
  • Apply best typographic practices with step-by-step instructions in InDesign to create your own design solution
  • Explore the following design objectives

Design Concepts Covered

  • Design process: research/brainstorming/sketching, comps, design
  • Elements of Graphic Design: hierarchy, emphasis, rhythm, movement, contrast, color, balance, proportion/scale
  • Typographic composition: size, scale, weights, placement
  • Font selection: serif, sans-serif, subject, theme, emotion
  • Working with images: image file preparation, placement
  • Adobe InDesign and Photoshop: step-by-step learning to create the designs
  • Technical: file-preparation, printing, social media

Requirement: Computer with Adobe InDesign installed, or a free trial license

University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, students and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees. A valid SUNet ID is needed in order to enroll in a class.

University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, students, and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees, including Stanford Health Care, Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley, Stanford Medicine Partners, and Stanford Medicine Children's Health. A valid SUNet ID is needed to enroll in a class.