Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Challenge: Start a design project, part of Cert Prep: Adobe Certified Associate InDesign (2016).
- [Instructor] So, up to this point, we've looked at the various topics related to setting project requirements. Now it's time for you to put what you've learned to work in a little practice exercise about starting a design project. I'm going to present a scenario to you, similar to the scenarios that might be found on the ACA exam. The scenario is in four parts. Your job is to listen to each part, and based on what you've learned in this chapter, identify four potential problems and then describe solutions to each one. I've also written out the scenario in a text file that you can find in the exercise files, so you can also read the information the way that you would on the ACA exam.
You can pause the video if you want to think about your answers, write them down, or describe them out loud, and at the end of the movie, I'll identify each of the problems and solutions. Ready? Here's the scenario. You're hired to design a brochure for a company that gives guided tours of New York City. Firs, the client is the owner of the company. During your first phone call with her, she says that she's very busy and can't meet with you before the files have to go to the printer. Instead, she says you can show your ideas to one of her tour guides, who will pass on the information to her.
Second, the client says that her business is rapidly expanding, and there's a possibility that your designs will have to be adapted for other things, like posters, signage on the tour buses, and graphics for a website. Third, the client also wants the job done quickly, and she asks you to design the brochure so it will be ready to go to the printer right away. She provides you with detailed information on schedules, pricing, and the exact promotional copy that she wants in the brochure. And fourth, the client also provides you with several photos of the city skyline that have been downloaded from the web.
She tells you that it's okay to use these photos because there's no copyright symbol on them, so they belong to the public domain. Okay, that's the full scenario. Did you recognize the problems? Again, you can pause the video here to think it over or read the text version of the scenario in the exercise files before listening to the answers that I'll share next.
- Understanding the benefits of ACA certification
- Creating a personalized study plan
- Identifying your audience
- Starting a design project in InDesign
- Using design elements such as typography, graphics, and color
- Working with layers
- Creating multipage layouts
- Adding text, images, and interactive elements
- Exporting, packaging, and saving files
- Registering for the exam
- Taking the test