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Present Analytics with Visual Interest Using Adobe InDesign

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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.


This course will teach you how to use InDesign to organize your data using visual hierarchy and grid design. We will cover typography and graphic techniques to effectively guide your audience throughout the information.

Prerequisites: None

You worked hard collecting your data. Would you like to learn how to present it so it gets the most attention it deserves? This course will not only teach you how to use InDesign, but how to organize your content using visual hierarchy and grid design. We will cover some typography and graphic techniques, as well as design elements and principles to guide your reader¿s eye throughout the information. 

Learning Objectives

During this course, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn basic to intermediate Adobe InDesign skills.
  • Develop an understanding of information hierarchy, proportion and emphasis
  • Gain familiarity of the grid system for layout, as well as design elements and principles
  • Review basic layout techniques and skills, including typography fundamentals
  • Layout their own collected data or a sample provided by the instructor

Topics Include:

  • Adobe InDesign basic and intermediate capabilities and software terminology
  • Information hierarchy
  • Design elements and principles
  • Grid system
  • Basic typography
  • InDesign workflow


  • An installation of Adobe InDesign CC 2022, or a free trial license
  • Paper and pencil for sketching

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.