Whether you're absolutely new to page design or have some experience, it's always helpful to spend some time thinking about how to approach putting together a publication. In this training, we'll explore how to build an engaging publication for print and digital media. We'll also explore page design principles and layout techniques, while learning more about the art and science of page design.
- Explore a workflow that will help you get started with the design process
- Gain a basic understanding of publishing terminology
- Explore page layout principles that will help you design an effective publication
- Learn best practices of working with color, images and typography in a publication
- Basic computing skills, such as using a mouse and a keyboard
- Basic file management and organization skills
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Important note for participants not affiliated with IU
- This course contains training material only.
- Participants who are not affiliated with Indiana University will need your own access to installed and licensed software, according to the training topic. This will allow you to follow along and participate in the hands-on exercises.
- If you do not have access to the needed software, you can still enroll in the online course and read the course content.
More information about this course
This online course is free to everyone and available for enrollment through IU Expand.
This course consists of a series of short lessons, examples, demonstrations, practice quizzes, and hands-on exercises.
To complete the course content, you will need:
- a web browser and internet access to use the course material on IU Expand.
- a copy of the software relevant to the training installed on your computer.
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Explore the contents of Page Design and Layout Basics:
Learn more about the design process, and how to best get started.
Knowing the audience and message for your publication will help clarify the goal of a design.
Collect resources to assist in the design process.
Incorporating design principles will help when creating a publication.
Contrast focuses on making page elements stand out from each other in some way.
Proportion refers to using size to emphasize importance of page elements.
Direction refers to leading readers through the page by using strategically placed page elements to lead their eye through the content.
Proximity refers to keeping related items together on a page, to help make it easier for readers to process information.
Repeating design elements throughout a publication helps keep things looking consistent and ties the publication together.
Exercising restraint when designing is important, in order to avoid overwhelming readers.
Paying attention to detail is crucial when designing a layout.
Learn how to make images more attention-getting, and how to use them to enhance a publication.
Color plays an important role in designing a layout, and can help set the tone for a publication.
Check for additional layout details that might have been missed in the design process.
Additional guidelines to help in the design process.
Find resources for designing publications in this section, including font resources, color palette designers, books, and additional information that may help in the design process.
Glossary of design terms used in Page Design and Layout Basics.
Developer credits and references for Page Design and Layout Basics.