CD225 Introduction to Digital Layout Design

SEC102/FRI

  • Prerequisite: CD224 Digital Imaging and Narrative
  • Date & Time: Frisday 3:10 pm - 6 pm
  • Classroom: Marvin Feldman Center Room 511
  • Semester: Fall 2017
  • Professor: Christie Shin
  • Email: christie_shin@fitnyc.edu
  • Office: D317
  • Phone: 212-217-5651
  • Office Hours: Mon. 3-5, Wed. 3-4, Thu. 5-6
  • Class Website: ChristieShin.com

Course Description:

This course is an overview of InDesign and its use in the industry. The primary goal is for students to learn fundamental principles of layout design using InDesign. The lecture starts with major features and functions related to typography and editorial design in InDesign. It continues with the understanding of different kinds of textual content, hierarchy in content, page elements, consistency, and grid systems. This class also covers working with imagery, alternate layouts, and proper file preparation for various intents.

Student Learning Outcomes:

    Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
  1. understand the principles and process of layout design
  2. understand typography principles for content-heavy layout design
  3. demonstrate an intermediate level of proficiency in digital layout programs
  4. apply fundamental visual design and typography principles to create layout design
  5. analyze and evaluate digital layout design elements such as typography, grid, image integration, hierarchy...etc.
  6. develop design concepts and create digital layout designs

Projects:

  • Project 1: Event Calendar (10%)
  • Project 2: A multi-page glossary (20%)
  • Project 3: Table of content (5%)
  • Project 4: A City Guide (40%: major project)

Evaluation:

  • 75% Projects
  • 15% Midterm (InDesign Proficiency Test)
  • 10% Class participation, attendance, and professionalism

Required Reading:

Due to the ever-changing nature of Digital Design, web resources will be assigned as required reading for this course.Class website: http://www.christieshin.com/

Unit/Area of Study:

UNIT 1 – LAYOUT FUNDAMENTAL

Topics:

Grid system, page layout, typography, hierarchy of content, text formatting and styles, design intent (screen-based vs. print-based)

Week 1-3 (3 lectures / 6 studio hours)


Project 1 : Event Calendar

Brief:
Design an event calendar that covers a week’s schedule of events at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Students will learn how to organize and communicate different kinds of information, and design it consistently in a structure. The project will start with research of typeface*. The focus is to enhance the knowledge of typography and its practical application in the grid system. No photographs. Simple illustrations and graphical elements can be implemented. Textual content will be provided.


*A typeface is a family of fonts (very often by the same designer). Within a typeface there will be fonts of varying weights or other variations. e.g., light, bold, semi-bold, condensed, italic, etc. Each such variation is a different font.


Subject(content):

Event calendar at BAM*


*BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.

bam.org
Project Specifications:

- Dimension: 11” x 17” (the calendar can be one large poster or a paired poster)
- Number of pages: 1 to 2 pages
- No photographs. Simple illustration only if necessary


Duration of the project:

3 weeks


UNIT 2 – MULTIPAGE BOOKLET

Topics:

Grid system, page layout and elements, typography, text formatting and styles

Week 4-7 (4 lectures / 8 studio hours, midterm)


Project 2: A multi-page glossary

Brief:
Design a cover page and multi-page spreads. Students will explore layouts with columns and rows in grids. The focus is on typography and page layout. Students will develop a design through effective ways of working with paragraphs and character styles. No photographs. Simple illustrations and graphical elements can be implemented. Textual content will be provided.


Subject(content):

Typography and design glossary


Project Specifications:

- Dimensions: Open. Minimum size: Letter-half (5.5” x 8.5”)
- Number of pages: 8 to 12 pages
- No photographs. Simple illustration only if necessary
- Binding model: Saddle stitch binding


Duration of the project:

4 weeks


Midterm will be given during week 7


UNIT 3 – MULTIPAGE PUBLICATION

Topics:

Editorial design elements, content comprehension, visual hierarchy, and communication, grid system, typography, working with text and imagery, working with master pages.

Week 9-15 (6 lectures / 12 studio hours, final presentation)


Project 3: Table of content (single, spread, multipage)

Brief:
Design a TOC for a periodical. Students will learn and set the hierarchy of content in their design for better communication. The focus is to deliver the information in the most effective way, and create a better wayfinding* experience. Textual content will be provided.


*Wayfinding refers to information systems that guide people through a physical environment and enhance their understanding and experience of the space.


Subject(content):

TOC in a periodical


Project Specifications:

- Dimensions: 8” x 10”
- Number of pages: single or multi-page spread
- Images: Open


Duration of the project:

2 weeks


Project 4: A City Guide (major project)

Brief:
Design a city guide, including a cover, table of contents, introduction, and main content pages. The focus is on layout design and visual hierarchy in order to create effective communication. Put emphasis on the typographical detail, consistency, and editorial design elements on the page. Students will continue to develop a design using a grid system, working with paragraph and character styles, and exploring imagery styles and other visual systems such as maps.
The basic textual content will be provided. However, students are encouraged to find their own resources (photographs, other visual elements, related information, etc.) according to their creative design solution.


Subject(content):

A city guide of places, restaurants, or events


Project Specifications:

- Dimensions: Open
- Number of pages: Minimum 8 pages
- Binding model: Perfect binding


Mandatory units (7)

1. Front Cover
2. Introduction & Table of Contents
3. Neighborhood Walk Overview
4. Neighborhood Walk (9 featured places)
5. In Depth: (a specially highlighted section)
6. Distinctly New York: (a specially highlighted section)
7. Best of (a specially highlighted section)


Duration of the project:

5 weeks


Department Policies:

Attendance is not optional. If you are going to miss a class, you must contact the instructor via telephone or email ASAP. If a class is missed, it is your responsibility to get information regarding missed assignments and lectures from one of you classmates.

  • Students are required to attend all classes, be on time, and remain for the entire class.
  • Students who are absent for 3 classes will receive a grade of "F."
  • Student who arrives 10 minutes after the start of the class will be considered late
  • 2 late occurrences = one absence
  • A student who arrives over 1 hour late or not returning from the break will be consider absent from the class
  • An excused absence is still considered an absence

Week 1 9/1/2017Fri

INTRODUCTION / P1 W1

1. Introduction of class, syllabus, projects

2. Lecture

- Layout Design
- Creative Process
- Font Book (font management utility)
- FIT Type library, Typekit, and google fonts
- InDesign as a layout program and object-based program - InDesign workspace, tools, and panels
- Document set up (single/multi pages, spread)
- Managing pages
- Placing contents on pages

3. In-class workshop

- Deck presentation (ex1)
- publishing online*
- Publish online from InDesign
- Web dashboard

4. Preparation for next week

- Design direction presentation deck - Submit by tomorrow (Publish Online link or PDF)
The presentation deck includes mood board (inspirational visuals), typeface research, and layout sketches
- Project 1: 1st draft in InDesign


------ Labor Day: College closed (9/4/2017)------

Week 2 9/8/2017Fri

P1 W2

1. Lecture

- Grid system
- columns and rows
- Text formatting and create styles I
- Apply and edit styles
- Package InDesign file

2. In-class workshop

- Single page: Bee keeping (ex2)
- Single page: Positive thinking (ex3)
- Project 1 progress review

3. Preparation for next week

- Project 1: 2nd draft

Week 3 9/15/2017Fri

P1 W3

1. Lecture

- Page elements
- Content hierarchy & communication
- Grids & page layouts
- Text formatting and create styles II

2. In-class workshop

- Single page: Recipe (ex4)
- Single page: Typographical contents (ex5)
- Project 1 progress review


------ Rosh Hashanah: 9/20/17 Class suspended at 4pm, 9/21/17 College closed------

Week 4 9/22/2017Fri

PROJECT 1 DUE. PRESENTATION & CRITIQUE | P2 W1

1. Lecture

- Introduction to Project 2 : A multi-page glossary

2. In-class workshop

- Project 2 brainstorming

3. Preparation for next week

- Design direction presentation deck
The presentation deck includes mood board (inspirational visuals), typeface research, and layout sketches
- Project 2: 1st draft in InDesign

Week 5 9/29/2017Fri

P2 W2

1. Lecture

- Document set up (custom page size)
- Managing multiple pages
- Placing contents on pages (long document)
- Master page elements

2. In-class workshop

- Multi pages: Type book (ex6 - start it in class and finish it up as a homework)
- Project 2 progress review

3. Preparation for next week

- Project 2: 2nd draft


------ Yom Kipper: 9/29/17 Class suspended at 4pm, 9/30/17 College closed------

Week 6 10/6/2017Fri

P2 W3

1. Lecture

- Saddle stitch binding
- Paragraph styles and character styles II
- Midterm review

2. In-class workshop

- Type book review & mock-up
- Project 2 progress review

3. Preparation for next week

- Project 2: Rough mock-up

Week 7 10/13/2017Fri

MIDTERM | P2 W4

1. In-class workshop

- Project 2 progress review

Week 8 10/20/2017Fri

PROJECT 2 DUE. PRESENTATION | P3 W1

1. Lecture

- Introduction to Project 3 : Table of contents (single, spread, multipage)

2. Preparation for next week

Project 3: 1st draft

Week 9 10/27/2017Fri

P3 W2

1. Lecture

- Organizing content for a better navigating experience

2. In-class workshop

- Project 3 progress review

Week 10 11/3/2017Fri

PROJECT 3 DUE. PRESENTATION | P4 W1

1. Lecture

- Introduction to Project 4: A City Guide (major project)

2. In-class workshop

- Project 4 brainstorming
- Paper prototyping
- Content and structure analysis

3. Preparation for next week

- Paper prototype
- Design direction presentation deck
Presentation deck includes mood board (inspirational visuals), typeface research, and layout sketches
- Project 4: 1st draft in InDesign with all textual content

Week 11 11/10/2017Fri

P4 W2

1. Lecture

- Typographical components
- Design principal: hierarchy

2. In-class workshop

- Project 4 progress review

3. Preparation for next week

- Focus on the following section; ___

Week 12 11/17/2017Fri

P4 W3

1. In-class workshop

- Typography: indents & paragraph spaces (ex7)
- Typography: alignment (vertical, horizontal, combining alignment) (ex8)
- Grids and page layouts: Spanning and splitting columns (ex9)

2. In-class workshop

- Project 4 progress review

3. Preparation for next week

- Focus on the following section; ___


------ Thanksgiving break: College closed (11/23/2017)------

Week 13 12/1/2017Fri

P4 W4

1. In-class workshop

- Project 4 progress review

Week 14 12/8/2017Fri

P4 W5

1. In-class workshop

- Project 4 progress review

Week 15 12/15/2017Fri

PROJECT 4 DUE. FINAL PRESENTATION & CRITIQUE

Keep and backup all the exercises and projects that you have done throughout the semester! You must submit all your projects for the final grade no later than the last day of class (Week 15)