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Publication Design

Instructors: Gary Lundgren, Sherri Taylor

Publication Design is an intense course in combining type and image for effective storytelling. Instructors will cover packaging for storytelling, typography for readability and creativity, and effective use of visuals and color usage as ways to bring great coverage alive through strong design. Students will produce a feature coverage package for the publication they will work for in the fall. This is an advanced course and students should have a solid knowledge of InDesign.

SUPPLIES: Computer with InDesign. Students should bring copies of the publication they will work on starting in the fall, along with a couple of their favorite print or digital magazines or other publications, and a pen and notebook or digital device for taking notes. In addition to bringing a small archive with a variety of photos (sports, feature, student life), students should also have a thumb drive or portable hard drive to store and transfer images.


Beginning Adobe InDesign

Instructor: Alyssa Boehringer

Beginning Adobe InDesign will prepare students to use the latest pagination software to produce their newspaper or yearbook. The class will cover the tools and options in InDesign. Knowledge of computers is required. Basic knowledge of page-layout programs is recommended. Students enrolled in this class must bring their own computer, loaded with InDesign. No more than one student per computer, please.

SUPPLIES: Students enrolled in this class must bring their own computer, loaded with InDesign CS or CC, copies of their own publication, as well as design inspiration in the form of magazines, newspapers, PDFs or graphics notebooks. Students should not share computers.


Advanced Adobe InDesign

Instructor: Charla Harris

Advanced Adobe InDesign will teach students how to take their yearbook or newspaper design one step further. In addition to covering the tools of the program, students will learn how to create and save designs in libraries and how to set styles they can use for the year. Previous experience with InDesign is required. Students should bring ideas for their redesign, whether from magazines, billboards, newspapers, etc. They are also encouraged to come with a palette of spot color and font choices to work with.

SUPPLIES: Computer with InDesign CS or newer. Students should know the page dimensions and specifics or pre-load a blank page with the correct settings. They are also encouraged to come with a palette of spot color and font choices to work with. Bring copies of your publication, magazines or other publications with ideas you like, a notebook to take class notes and pens.