Microsoft Excel is limited for creativity and design but InDesign can create company branded tables from your Excel tables. By importing and setting up table styles Sarahjane can quickly change many tables to look the consistent e.g. the same colour and fonts. They can also flow neatly from page to page. Tables are a fantastic way to layout lots of data neatly.
Designed by the Art Director and finished by Sarahjane Jackson
The Art Director created the design concept and the branding with the college. From this branding Sarahjane created the 44 page Student Handbook and Pre-arrival Handbook as print ready artwork.
The Artwork consisted of setting up InDesign master pages using styles. Collating images and using Photoshop to save them as print ready. Changes and amends where added to the PDF proofs by the college and Sarahjane completed these to reach the final version.
Print deadlines all seem to arrive very quickly for clients. Sarahjane was hired to artwork layouts, adding in text and images. Working closely with Project Manager and Senior Designer. Making client amends using PDF sticky notes and creating print ready PDFs.
Artworker uses InDesign to collate Microsoft Word files for print
Sarahjane was given the challenge of combining together a collection of research documents into one simple easy to use interactive file with a contents and appendices. Plus the added bonus of it being small enough to email out to clients around the world.
Adobe InDesign is the perfect tool for the job, placing Microsoft Word files and using hyperlinks on top, creating a 226 page document. The PDF was then made into a smaller file size for emailing.
Sarahjane enjoys helping out local businesses with flyers, leaflets, web icons and banners. She charges by the hour and can create artwork from a found sample ideas or a sketch.
Sarahjane’s tip to help decide on a size for your flyer or leaflet is to get a print estimate first, for single or double sided. Plus a sample is very handy to touch and feel the quality and to see the size of the font and images.
Graphic Designer’s involved in publishing hire Sarahjane from time to time to help out when they are busy designing. Involved layout that consist of times, dates and places requires a your full attention especially in a ‘What’s On Guide’.
Sarahjane was asked to help out with local magazine Seaford Scene and Eastbourne Old Town Criers. She is highly organised and thoroughly enjoys the challenge. Using style sheets in InDesign to make the design consistent and quicker to layout.
Sarahjane desk hopped around the office over a few weeks covering the email and helping out on projects while the designers where on holiday. The Senior Designer had created the menus templates with the client and Sarahjane updated the content and made it print ready. Also updating and amending American Express T&Cs, catalogues, leaflets and banners.
Freelance Artworker assisting other Freelance Designers
Sarahjane is very happy helping out other fellow freelancers, Designers and Artworkers, in-house or remotely. Urgent projects with tight deadlines can crop up unexpectedly and or all at once. A picture heavy layout, updated with many different languages. Communication is key to have the correct text on the correct page.
This Artworker enjoys working alongside Senior Designers, to create consistent layouts and to a very tight deadline. With a basic InDsign template, text and images sourced and artwork to fit these catalogue pages.
Sarahjane Jackson Artworking for DJH Advertising Artworker
A InDesign files can be made from Quark on the internet
Converting Quark to InDesign on the internet will give you the basic’s. Colours, images and lots and lots of text boxes. The layout will still require artworking and proofing. The file can be polished, as an Artworker I would still start a layout from scratch as you don’t know what nasties lie within. Giving you a clean and tidy file for print.
Table design is neat and tidy and can be achieved with Adobe InDesign styles for a consistent look and feel. A colour of font change can be made with one click instead of multi page amends. Using InDesign, the tables flow nicely from page to page the same a Microsoft Word and can be easily imported. There is more control in InDesign to Word and will look more professional.
A car designer will never build or maintain a car, the mechanic does.
A professional Artworker uses InDesign to its full potential (e.g. master pages, styles, keyboard shortcuts, TOC’s etc.). Creating a clean and tidy print ready layout and will be quicker than a designer. This is excellent for large page documents / catalogues / brochures / reports and tenders, keeping consistencies and to corporate branding. An Artworker will also predict future amends and create the layout accordingly. We also have to be highly organised with studio files e.g. images, word files, amends and each office has its own filing structure. This also helps other colleagues pick up a project quickly.
Artworker’s enables the designer do what they are good at – DESIGNING!