At first glance, it might seem strange to think that the desktop publishing application Adobe InDesign would be relevant in a course devoted to web design. After all, InDesign is intended for laying out print publications, and the web is the exact opposite of print. These differences are even more pronounced as we enter into the world of responsive design. Web designers train themselves to think of page layout in a fluid way, recognizing that they need to give up a certain amount of control in order to support a wide variety of screens. In contrast, desktop publishing software presupposes that the designer has absolute control over every single aspect of the printed page.
However, just as web designers need to be flexible about the screens which they are targeting, they also need to be flexible about the type of design work that they do. At the end of the day, web designers are designers. Designers should be able to work with digital and physical outputs. Even if you don't use the program very often, it is something you should have in your toolkit.
In this badge, you will learn how to use Adobe InDesign to lay out a simple newsletter or magazine. To complete this badge, you will need access to the software. You can download a thirty-day trial version from Adobe, and you can also access InDesign on any of the lab computers.