First Consideration Post 

By. Christian McCarry 


Response Overview

The primary tool driving my magazine project will be Adobe InDesign version 8.5. This software is specifically tailored for crafting page layouts and establishing grids with columns and gutters, making it ideal for magazine design. I learned to navigate InDesign under the guidance of my typography instructor, Jody Work, who highly recommends its use over Photoshop and Illustrator for this particular task.


What I Need to Master

What I need to master most in InDesign is paragraph styles and character styles. A Character style is a collection of character formatting attributes that you can apply to a selected range of text. A Paragraph style includes both character and paragraph formatting attributes. You can apply it to a selected paragraph or a range of paragraphs. These make designing with text fast and efficient and keep everything organized. I plan on mastering these tools honestly starting now because I am taking some other graphic design classes where I need to use them anyway. 


How InDesign is Social

Collaboration: Adobe InDesign enables collaborative work on design projects. Multiple users can work on the same document simultaneously, allowing for real-time collaboration. Design teams can share files via cloud storage platforms and work on them together, regardless of their physical location. This fosters teamwork, enhances communication, and promotes collective creativity. 

Sharing and Feedback: Adobe InDesign allows designers to export designs as PDFs, images, or interactive documents, making it easy to share them via email, social media, or other digital platforms. Additionally, the software provides tools for annotating and commenting on designs, enabling stakeholders to provide specific feedback. 

Community Building: While not directly embedded within Adobe InDesign, the software indirectly facilitates community building by empowering designers to create visually compelling content that can be shared across various platforms. This content serves as a catalyst for engagement and interaction within design communities.


How It Reflects Cultural Values

Adobe InDesign reflects cultural values by embracing diversity, fostering global connections, and preserving cultural heritage: 

Diversity: It provides a range of design options for inclusive representation, reflecting the importance of diversity in today’s society. 

Global Connectivity: With features like multilingual support, it promotes collaboration across cultures, highlighting the significance of global communication and understanding.

Cultural Preservation: Through digitization and reinterpretation of cultural heritage, InDesign contributes to preserving and celebrating diverse cultural identities.



Flexible Layouts: I can easily experiment with different layouts to suit my project’s needs.

Professional Look: Adobe InDesign’s tools will make my project look polished and professional. 

Easy Collaboration: It allows me to work with others on the same project efficiently, making sharing and feedback simpler with the artist I will be collaborating with. 



Limited Illustration Tools: Adobe InDesign lacks robust illustration features compared to software like Illustrator. For instance, the absence of a dedicated brush tool complicates the creation of hand-drawn elements. Transferring illustrations from other software may degrade quality and disrupt the design flow.

Dependency on Personal Equipment: The SJU library computers do not have Adobe InDesign installed, requiring me to rely solely on my personal computer throughout the semester. Given the workload involving high-resolution images and extensive page layouts, there’s a risk of overheating and performance slowdowns on my laptop, potentially causing delays and workflow disruptions.

Learning Curve: While I’m fairly familiar with the software after a year of using it, certain features like paragraph and character styles still pose a challenge due to their complexity. Mastering these functions may take extra time and could potentially slow down my workflow as I navigate through unfamiliar territory.