Matthew currently freelances and works as a consultant for a multitude of companies. He specializes in graphic communication software however has extensive knowledge in design workflows and development processes. He is currently one of 3 Toronto InDesign User group Representatives, involved with several start-ups including the Toronto Social Media Café and HTML5 Meet-up Group.
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Over the past several years, there has been a big divide between designers: those who work in print distribution and those in digital distribution. The irony is that, despite the disputes, name-calling and flat-out arguments between the two camps, their techniques and methods are far more common than many believe. Both sides of this communications field are heavily influenced by each other.
Grid systems and typography now play a strong role in Web-based design, and usability and user experience play a big part in developing print material. Adobe InDesign is the primary application of print designers for laying out multiple pages and assembling print documents. This article gives you, the Web-based developer, a look at some of the tools in InDesign that translate directly into what you currently use. We’ll look at how the terminology in the two fields compare and how to apply your expertise to this other industry.