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Introduction to InDesign and Typography

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Class Description

Most Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

Before each sesson, Tech Training will provide a Zoom link for live online classes, 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 sessions are available to a wide range of participants, including Stanford University staff, faculty, students, and employees of Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, such as Stanford Health Care, Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley, Stanford Medicine Partners, and Stanford Medicine Children's Health.

Additionally, some of these programs are open to interested individuals not affiliated with Stanford, allowing for broader community engagement and learning opportunities.