Even though I spend a fair amount of time with InDesign, I wouldn’t call myself a designer. That doesn’t stop me from having a couple of things to say about design. In fact, on the Internet, you don’t need to know anything about a subject to have an opinion about it. So there you go…
This section goes into more detail on some graphic design fundamentals. Currently, the focus is on technical design basics but I hope to add artistic considerations as well at some point in time. Don’t forget to also check the font section, especially the pages about interesting, popular and hated typefaces. While working on those pages I ran into the poster below on the blog of Erik Spiekermann, the famous type designer.
I may not be a designer but I spend years tinkering with other people’s masterpieces, trying to output them on a proofer, an imagesetter or a CtP device. Here is a long list of things that a good designer takes care of so that his or her job gets printed the way a customer likes it.
Adobe InDesign is a pretty robust application but over the years I have had a few issues with it. This page contains a summary of InDesign troubleshooting tips and tricks that can be found on the web.
Links, products & stuff
Design related sites & blogs
- My Essential Design Resources on Speckyboy.com is a great collection of links
- I like the podcast of INDESIGNsecrets but the site is great as well.
- Notes on design is interesting.
- Allgraphicdesign has an incredible collection of links to design and prepress related sites.
- Publish & Jumpline – for the Dutch speaking design community.
I am currently not subscribed to any design related newsletters. Suggestions are appreciated – please use the comment function for this.
Newsgroups & forums
You can obviously visit the vendor forums, such as the extensive Adobe ones. Linkedin has dedicated groups about prepress and printing but tons of marketing blah-blah make them useless. I still prefer independent forums.
The Non-Designer’s Type Book
I bought this book a few years ago and really liked it. Robin Williams gently explains the basics about type and what to use for which occasion. ISBN-13: 978-0201353679
Real World Adobe InDesign
There are editions of this book for every version of InDesign. I loved earlier books by Olav Martin Kvern and still have fond memories of his ‘Real world’ book on PageMaker: in-depth information, knowledgeable, yet easy to read. The CS4 edition of this book is high on my shopping list.
Real World Color Management
This book co-authored by the late Bruce Fraser is without any doubt the best overview about color management on the market.