New Start Date: Nov 16
InDesign Project Group: Develop Your Photobook or Zine
© StrudelmediaLive — examples of student work

InDesign Project Group: Develop Your Photobook or Zine

Dates: Wednesdays, Nov 16–Jan 18, 2023
Time: 1–3pm (ET)
Sessions: 6 (New Start Date! This class has 5 group sessions plus a private 1-on-1 session. Class meets every other week on Wednesdays, Nov 16, 30; Dec 14; Jan 4 & 18.)
Limited enrollment: 6 students
Fee: $495
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This new project-based group meets every other week and is for people who want to move forward on a photobook or zine using InDesign. We'll go beyond the basics into technical details involved with each students' individual project, and we'll take a deeper look at design esthetics with a good amount of group feedback.

We’ll discuss developing your visual concept to fit your specific story, including binding options, different kinds of paper, sequencing, storytelling forms, and more. We'll look at productive workflow ideas, how to use the most important InDesign tools to achieve more complex designs, troubleshooting, and how to prepare, import, and resize photos. We’ll go deeper into working with text, fonts, and typography, and you’ll be supported in finding the best printer for your project and sending it off to print. We’ll also look at a variety of zines and photobooks for design inspiration and discuss different design ideas. This class will help bring your photobook/zine to the next level, and help you feel more confident and knowledgable in creating book projects with InDesign.

This class is limited to 6 students. We’ll meet as a group for 5 sessions, followed by a private 1-on-1 session to work together on your specific book or zine.


Please note: This group is for people who have some experience using InDesign, but we'll meet each student at their particular skill level. Students should have a project ready to develop into a book or zine.
I really enjoyed this class — It helped me think about my work in a deeper way. And I loved learning InDesign. Now I feel I have the tools to put it all together. Thank you both.
—Jennifer (Monaco)
Edward is a lovely person who gives his time and skills generously and is committed to maximizing the results of the book or zine. It was exciting to start the class knowing nothing about InDesign and to end with a book at the printers! Thank you Edward!
—Ilene (New York City)

Edward Ratliff
photo by Anja Hitzenberger
Edward Ratliff

Edward Ratliff is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator. In the visual realm, he’s a graphic designer who works in print and digital media with clients ranging from individual artists to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His film, video, and installation work has been exhibited internationally.

As a composer and multi-instrumentalist, he’s led bands in clubs, theaters, and festivals across New York City and in Europe and Asia, and has received numerous commissions and grants for dance and theater scores. His music has been heard in shows on Netflix, HBO, Nickelodeon, Hulu, PBS, and more — everything from a biography of Dostoyevsky to Real Sex Xtra. He “is best known for making richly cinematic music that captures New York City’s momentum and diversity” (The Wall Street Journal) and has been called “a wonderfully spunky and imperturbable trumpet player” (The New York Times).

Edward teaches movies as inspiration and using InDesign to create zines and books for StrudelmediaLive.