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Booklet Printing in InDesign

The “Print Booklet” feature in InDesign lets you create printer spreads for printing saddle stitch booklets, magazines, or traditional books. With this feature, your pages will appear in sequence as you work, but can be printed in…

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Manual Printing in InDesign

The process of creating printer spreads from layout spreads is called imposition. Manual imposition used to be the only way to produce your final book from InDesign. Luckily there is the “Booklet Printing” feature to make your…

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Ali AlMasri at VCUQ

As part of the GDES Department’s ongoing effort to bring in visiting Arab designers to VCUQ, we were pleased to host the talented type and graphic designer, Ali AlMasri, this past week. Ali visited us from Jordan…

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Publication Design

As you begin working in the world of publication design, it is useful to look at existing, award-winning designs to generate ideas for the layout, color schemes, and type choices. You might start by visiting the design…

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Color Resources

It doesn’t matter if you spell it “color” or “colour” – we all understand it plays an important role in design. It can communicate emotions, convey contrast, and impact the success of a design project. Choosing the…

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Pantone Color System

The Pantone color system is the industry standard book of color swatches for graphic designers. They have reference numbers that you can give to the printer, who will ready-make inks to match these numbers. When designing for print,…

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MEDEA Workshop Series in Jordan

The Middle East Design Educators Association (MEDEA), in collaboration with ico-D member Applied Science University (ASU), recently held a series of workshops led by educators in the field of design. The event was attended by 180 students representing…

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Minneapolis Field Study

This October, four outstanding Graphic Design students accompanied me on a field study to Minneapolis (Minnesota) to participate in the “AASHE 2015 Conference and Expo: Transforming Sustainability Education.” ASSHE is dedicated to creating a diverse community that…

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Type Foundries

There are thousands of fonts to choose from – so how do you decide which typeface to use in a project? Familiarizing yourself with the many fantastic Latin and Arabic “type foundries” is a great place to…

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MIA Field Trip

Our Imaging 2 class recently went on a field-trip to the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) to view the Marvelous Creatures Exhibition (March 4 – July 31). The exhibition was a perfect introduction to the storytelling behind…

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Design Thinking: A Way of Working

You hear the term “design thinking” all the time, but what does it mean to you? In my opinion, it involves considering the relationship between design, collaboration, education, writing, politics, culture, and context. But where do we begin to…

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Tasmeem 3ajeeb!

An important component of the 2014-2015 academic year was the Tasmeem Doha biennial international conference (held from March 8-12). The 2015 edition focused on the theme of “playfulness” as expressed by the Arabizi word 3ajeeb! (ahh-jhee-b) meaning “strange…

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MEDEA Panel on Contemporary Portfolio Preparation

MEDEA aims to foster dialog between the design industry and those who educate the next generation of designers by providing a platform for sharing ideas, challenges and opportunities. In responding to this platform, the Board of Directors of…

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South Korea Field Study

In February 2015, sixteen graphic design students participated in a field study to South Korea for nine days, which encompassed an investigation of design and culture in various important locations. This enriching experience, which mostly took place…

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Al Naimi Farms Field Study

We discovered another side of Qatar this February as we toured the sprawling estate of the Al Naimi Farm during our in-country field study. As part of the trip, we witnessed first-hand the different stages of plant growth, from…

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