I’ve been reviewing the printed Chap Books and you have done a pretty nice job with the project. Now we have to convert the printed content into an interactive document for use on an iPad or other tablet device or web browser.
Homework Reminder – Due Monday, May 2, 2016
- As a first step, set up an interactive document in InDesign. You will find this option when you create a NEW DOCUMENT. In that option window under intent, select DIGITAL PUBLISHING. In the area for PAGE SIZE, select IPAD. See the image above.
- Layout out your Chap Book to fit this new page shape. You can cut and paste the elements from your first Chap Book in this new layout.
- For Monday, May 2nd class you should have your cover and one other page prepared for us to review.
- By Wednesday, May 3rd we will begin completing the layout for all 12 pages.
This class was dedicated to the variations in type styles that are available. We discussed the differences in type — width, weight, posture, stress, serifs, and contrast. We also did several classes to help the class understand how to use the type variations to create emphasis and expression.
width – condensed or extended
weight – light or bold
posture – italic or oblique (fake italic)
stress – vertical or diagonal
contrast – extreme or medium or low/none
serif – bracketed or unbracketed
For more details on this topic, and new terminology, you can review with article: Styles, Weights, Widths — It’s All in the (Type) Family
Homework due – Monday 2/29/16
- Study for Quiz #1 which will cover everything from the beginning of the semester.
- Type Book—Weight & Variations exercise
- Textbook reading: Letters, Words, Sentences, pgs 51 – 79
- Bring in 3 magazine pages that have different grid structures
- Bring in your tracing pads and pens
After a few exercises to review letterspacing, tracking and kerning, we began to explore the working environment of Adobe InDesign.
- Creating a new document
- The InDesign workspace
- Working with text boxes, fonts, point sizes, leading alignment
- Leading, measurements, kerning
Forms of text alignment:
- flush right (aka flush right/ragged left) = the text is aligned on the right edge and the left edge is ragged
- flush left (aka flush left/ragged right) = the text is aligned on the left edge and the right edge is ragged
- center = lines of text with the midpoints aligned
- justified = the right and left edges are aligned
If you missed the class, here is a video that might help you out. It is a bit long but complete in helping your get started:
Homework — Due Wed, 2/17/16
- Reading Assignment in textbook: Grid System pgs 177 -221 (be prepared to answer one quiz question on this topic)
- Typography in your neighborhood – As you travel through your neighborhood, look and the typography and take photos of the different type you see. Write 2 paragraphs explaining with the typography in your neighborhood reflects about your neighborhood. Use Google Docs and add the photos to the document. Use no more than 4 images. The typography might be seen on signs, storefronts, buildings, etc.
- Spend a some time reviewing the articles posted by your classmates and leave comments.
- Watch the video: Typography & Design below