If you are still finishing the current project, that’s alright. However, starting next week you’ll have assignments to work on in InDesign.
Our final unit this semester will focus on learning InDesign. Some of you have already started using it for the Theatre Playbill. That’s alright. While you’ve become somewhat comfortable with it, there’s still a lot it can do, and a lot of tricks and tips to make things easier that we will look at. We’ll also look at text and layout design.
The ultimate goal will be to design and format a book, using only content that is Public Domain, Creative Commons, and Stock Photography (or of course works of your own efforts). We’ll use a text from Project Gutenberg. What is Project Gutenberg? Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. The ebooks on Project Gutenberg are free in the United States because their copyright has expired (meaning they are now public domain). They may or may not be free of copyright in other countries, as copyright law varies from country to country. Project Gutenberg does have a few copyrighted titles, for which the copyright holder has given permission for unlimited non-commercial worldwide use.
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While most mass-produced books are pretty bland in layout, not all books are this way. So, if you’ve finished with the current project, check out how cool some books can be, and you can also spend a little time checking out Project Gutenberg.