New Start Date: Nov 16
InDesign Project Group: Develop Your Photobook or Zine
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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.
Anja and Edward did a great job creating this class. I especially enjoyed the Hong Kong films featured in the class — they were new to me. I must say that the class made me think of films in a different way. It was strange to me that I reacted to the assignments as real challenges that made me quite nervous — a sure sign that the class was a true growth experience. I hope I can take another course with you someday down the road.
—Mike (California)
I want to tell you again that your class was great. I'm very inspired. Is there any chance you and Edward can continue this class? I don't want it to end!! It encompasses everything I love.
—Lee (California)

Edward Ratliff
photo by Anja Hitzenberger
Edward Ratliff

Edward Ratliff is a composer, filmmaker, designer, and multi-disciplinary artist.

As a composer and performer, he has led bands in Europe and Asia and throughout New York City and has received numerous commissions and grants for dance and theater scores. His music has been heard in shows on HBO, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Hulu, the Discovery Channel, 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).

Edward is a designer who works in both print and digital — developing websites and designing books and other printed material for clients ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to individual artists. His film and video work has been exhibited in festivals internationally, and he has studied film devotedly for decades.

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