WEEK 5: The week of April 30tH

Review in class exercise from last week: magazine grid layout sketches.


In class demonstration — Click here to download an InDesign layout review, fixing force justified body text, and creating and using style sheets.

*Baseline Grids

Style Sheets Review: Click here to review videos for the entire Chapter 1: Paragraph and character styles (Lynda.com)


Peer-to-peer and small group feedback for Project 2.


Homework: project 2 — Manuscript, Hierarchical and multi-column grids

Refine Project 2 based off of in-class feedback. Set up and use style sheets for your project. Work on your micro-typography: kerning, letter spacing, tracking, word spacing, leading, line lengths, typographic sins, etc.

Print out spreads for final reviews next week.

What will be due the week of May 21st:

• A print out of your full article with your full page advertisement.

• A composite PDF into the lessons folder which includes the following:

— Your article layout and advertisement with underlying grid showing

— Your final article layout and advertisement WITHOUT the grid showing


“How To” files Mandatory :

Paragraph & Character Styles Cheat Sheet (pdf)
Entire Chapter 1: Paragraph and character styles (Lynda.com)

Lynda.com: How to set perfectly justified type (Lynda.com)

Setting up a baseline grid (YouTube)

“How To” files Advanced:

For those seeking more advanced InDesign skills:
Chapter 2: Styles In Depth — The first 6 videos — up through Using nested line styles (Lynda.com)

Entire Chapter 14: Margins, Columns and Grids — especially aligning to the baseline grid and baseline grid problems and baseline grid tricks (Lynda.com)

Entire Chapter 9: Breaking and non-breaking lines, paragraphs, columns, and pages
Chapter 7: only Working with vertical alignment (Lynda.com)






In class: Grid Exercise n.1

In class: Grid Exercise n.2

In class: Grid Exercise n.3

In class: Type Combinations Groups



Types of Grids (pdf)

Grid Layout Restraint (pdf)

The Grid (pdf)


Brainstorming Techniques (pdf)

Style Board Template (.indt file)


Choosing Typefaces 1 (pdf)

Choosing Typefaces 2 (pdf)

Choosing Typefaces 3 (pdf)


Classic Serifs (pdf)

Classic San Serifs (pdf)


Setting typographic space — Indesign (pdf)

Kerning/Leading Key Commands (pdf)

Indesign key commands (jpg)


Letter Spacing (pdf)

Measurements (pdf)

Punctuation (pdf)


34 Typographic Sins (pdf)

Creating InDesign Grid Thumbnails (pdf)


Binding Styles and Brochure Folds (pdf)

Paper Folds (pdf)

Imposition (pdf)



Chapter 4: Leading

Chapter 5: Kerning and Tracking

Chapter 6: Small But Important Details

Chapter 7: Alignment

Chapter 7: Understanding the Paragraph and Single-Line Composer


Chapter 8: Alternative Brochure Styles

Chapter 1: Under Document Essentials >> Determining the Number of Columns, Sketching Thumbnails, and Blocking out areas of content

Chapter 3: Under Creating a Document >> Only Setting the Margin and Column Guides

Chapter 4: Under Managing Pages >>
Changing Page Size

079 Using ruler guides: 10 great tricks (Lynda.com)


Chapter 5: Using Find/Change to clean text


The 3 x 4 Grid

The Grid System

Grid Based

Explorations in Typography





Mood Boards: Dressing for different...

How to Create Mood Boards: 30 Expert Tips


Color / Trend Forecasting: Pantone

Color / Trend Forecasting: Franklin Till

Color: Kuler


Color Fun 1: Color Scheme Designer

Color Fun 1 Pantonism

Color Fun 1: Plenty of Colour

Color Fun 1: Color Collective




Mohawk Paper

French Paper

Neenah Paper

Reich Paper

GF Smith

Paper: Kelly Paper

Folding Brochure Sizes