I'm planning to launch a student-run college newspaper in September. The college bought InDesign so that I can design the layout of the paper.
But I never used the software before (I'm only using Photoshop on my personal desktop), so I'm in front my screen telling me "What now?"
How to design a college paper, with an elegant, not-too-serious, but not-amateur layout? Where to begin? How may it look professionnal?
This paper will be a way to give life to the collge, and allow students to express themselves.
Thanks in advance!
You've got two different learning tasks in front of you -- mastering InDesign and learing about newspaper layout.
We have a bunch of newspaper folk among our regulars here, so I hope they'll chime in, too. The journalism classes at the school where I advise the student paper use this text, I believe, to teach basic newspaper design and layout concepts: http://www.amazon.com/The-Newspaper-Designers-Handbook-Harrower/dp/0072996692/ref=sr_1_4?s =books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338735084&sr=1-4#reader_0072996692
For learing InDesign itself, the most commonly recommended book on this forum is Sandee Cohen' Visual QuickStart Guide: http://www.amazon.com/InDesign-CS5-Macintosh-Windows-QuickStart/dp/0321705203/ref=sr_1_1?s =books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338735856&sr=1-1 for the CS5 edition, or preorder the CS6 edition due at the end of June: http://www.amazon.com/InDesign-CS5-Macintosh-Windows-QuickStart/dp/0321705203/ref=sr_1_1?s =books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338735856&sr=1-1
If you prefer video training, you can't do better than Lynda.com, which is not free, but there is also a ton of stuff on Adobe TV which is.