When going into Task 2, I was prepared for a big challenge. After moderately using InDesign for Task 1 I felt I was familiar with the program, but there were so many features I hadn’t touched or ever used before, so I was hesitant on how to make my design skills show through. Especially with the task being completly text bases, it was a challenge for my visual eye, but an exciting one.
What Did I Learn? Good question. I learnt a whole lot about working in Adobe InDesign. At the beginning I didn’t believe in myself, I thought it would be hard to be creative with just text, hard to show my individuality and design flare. But when actually undergoing the task, it all came out. I was able to show what I could do,I was able to work surprisingly well while educating myself on how to navigate my workspace and pages in the program. I learnt about myself as a designer, that digial design and typography are very underated elements of design. I myself was overlooking them before taking on this subject, like who looks at text? UM EVERYONE. I never realised how much I took for grante din the capablity of something like text and typography. And how much as simply enhancing of space, or a increate in font size could change a design.
What was most challengeing for me, was working in the confinds of the grids and margins in InDesign. As a new to digital creating artist, I have been used to blank canvas’ and paints. So going into the task, I began designing just by my eye, I was ignoring the grids I had initally set out. But after tweeking designing and thinking that “this is what a marker would like to see”, I said no! I’m going to try and be as free as I can be with designing task, and get creative with composition. I started using my grids and quickly my individual designs started to look more cohesive with themselves, alot more uniform and sleek.
Some things that I’ll be able to take on for future projects in the Adobe Designing world is the ability to understand the basics of the programs. This may seem like a no brainer, but for me it’s really important. In the past I’ve tried to get the knack of InDesign and the designing suite and given up because I couldn’t understand of I got frustrated and couldn’t find the joy in digital design. But now, after been giving the freedom this task allowed, I was able to find happiness in what I was doing in the in my digital workspace. I was able to still see me in my designs and not computer-robot-nonsence, but me as a designer. What i’ll also take with me is the important of the grids and guides, they are there for a reason. USE THEM.
Overall, I am over the moon with what I was able to accomplish with this task. I couldn’t really the horizon with how the end of this would end up looking. I had very low expectations of myself. But I was able to design someting I’m very proud of.