Unit 1: Understanding graphic design
Designers use design principles to evaluate and inform the consistency and visual hierarchy of their design. Put into action, design and typographic principles, can then be used to make sure designs reach an intended target audience and/or meet the goals of a company or individual. Use this unit to introduce how to use design and typography principles so students can evaluate and inform their designs and how to create design comps to present multiple design ideas as part of the design process.
Unit 2: Page layout techniques
Adobe InDesign is a professional design and layout tool for producing high quality documents for print and on-screen delivery. In this unit students learn how to set up a new document, import files, work with text, use alignment tools, manage colors, format text, apply text effects, and use styles to achieve their design goals. They will also be introduced to layout techniques they can use to combine content and graphic elements and implement consistent layout designs.
Unit 3: Reusable and interactive design
Reusable design is the practice of developing elements that can be used in a variety of contexts while maintaining their usefulness each time they are reused. Additionally, Adobe InDesign allows you to take document and create interactive elements such as navigation, page transitions, audio and video clips, and animations. In this unit students learn techniques for creating reusable objects, assets, templates and layouts, and how to use the interactive documents feature in InDesign.
Unit 4: Publishing
Digital publishing – publishing for print, web, and multiple devices - is now standard industry practice. Regardless of what you are creating there will be the need and demand to create digital versions. Using Adobe InDesign you can easily export documents to different formats and screens. Use this unit to introduce students to the printing options in Adobe InDesign, exporting to multiple screens, and using adaptive layouts for viewing on different devices.