What a simple name for such a complicated program. InDesign is undoubtedly useful for web designers, but certainly difficult for beginners. From figuring out how to change the background color, to realizing a window and frame aren't the same thing, Tuesday's class was a mixture of learning and frustration.
While attempting to recreate the Annual Report page, I learned that I have to start from the very back of the page and work my way to the front. Once I was able to see the project one step at a time, my job became much simpler. I think what frustrated me the most was the illiteracy I felt when I couldn't figure out how to simply change the text colors. Once I googled it and found out about the eye dropper tool, life became much easier. After the class was over, my recreation actually looked very similar to the original model, which was a relief. I don't know how Croom put up with the million questions being thrown his way, but the silence in the room toward the end of class showed we were starting to get the hang of it. Maybe this program isn't so bad after all.
Am I so proud that I will hang it up on my refrigerator? Maybe.
Next came Thursday's class. This class mostly taught me just how much of a perfectionist I am. Using columns and type setting can look extremely messy at first, which gave me a bit of anxiety. It took being able to overlook the original draft and begin putting the text in its place to make the assignment seem a little less stressful. All the guide-lines that come with columns can be a bit overwhelming, but using the command 'W' makes everything look a little less crazy. I'm looking forward to the day when all of this design stuff comes easy to me.
Next week, we begin our first design project: a business card. I'm looking forward to testing my creativity (and patience...) next week.
It's been an interesting few days, InDesign. See you Tuesday.