Welcome back to my blog! The title above is one I never thought I would be typing, but after this past week or so my mind has changed. To find out why, please keep on reading.
For our final project this year on my university course, we were set to write a 2000 word visual report on InDesign. Now, for most people the ‘2000’ words might have been the scary part of that sentence, but not for me. As someone who enjoys writing I rather liked the fact that I get to sink my teeth into a chunk of text! The word ‘InDesign’ on the other hand, was enough to send shivers down my spine. For those of you who don’t know what InDesign is, it’s an application on the Adobe Creative Suite, like Photoshop or Illustrator. Apart from it was created by the devil. Or that is what I once thought.
The first time I used InDesign was for our first summative project back in January (which feels like years ago). I was rubbish at it. It completely overwhelmed me, and I basically gave up with it before I started. I just had such a negative mind set about it. I thought, ‘I’m not a graphic designer, so how can I do this?’
This time round, I tried a different approach. I used YouTube + a site called Lynda to watch tutorial videos on the basics of InDesign. Nothing fancy, just what you need to know to manoeuvre your way around. These were really helpful + I felt a lot more confident then I did last time. I kept the layout simple; a lot of white space, but that’s not always a bad thing. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to pull off an amazing piece of InDesign work first time, so I went with something a little more clean + simple. I stuck with a colour scheme + tried to maintain consistent. I also went to the library + looked at graphic design books for layout inspiration, this was another helpful tip. After putting all the necessary information + images into the document, I went back through it to see where I could improve parts, rather than making it fancy from the start. If I got stuck, I would search for help online- there are so many YouTube videos out there for basically every problem you could have!
In the end, I produced a cohesive visual report that I am proud of. Is it the best report ever produced? No. Is it better than my last one? 100% yes. Do I feel like I have made improvements + that I am more confident with using InDesign now? Yes. Which to me, is all that matters!
I aim to keep improving my InDesign skills + I hope that by third year I have mastered it! Wish me luck.
Thanks for reading,