Anyone can be a graphic designer with Pages
April 28, 2009 § 2 Comments
We only have one Apple computer at my school, and I am the only one who knows how to use it.
Earlier this year, I taught a journalism elective and set up a Pages template for the kids to use to create their class magazine. Then, when the call came down to create a couple pages on our program for the main High School yearbook, I was asked to create a two-page spread of photo-collages. To the dismay of my co-worker, who had done this for years and years in MS Paint, I used Pages and put together something that looked a lot more professional than, well, MS Paint.
This project was the nail in the coffin. Now I am the “graphic design” girl at work. I signed on to do a local history project with our students, which will ultimately culminate in a student-written book, designed by me, using Pages. I was also appointed to head the Yearbook committee. (Our small program makes its own yearbook.) It will also be designed, by me, in Pages.
I never really thought of myself as a “graphic design” person. I’m not sure exactly how I got to be that girl since all I do is fool around with Pages, which is standard Apple software, not exactly Photoshop or InDesign.
My experience so far as the go-to design girl has been sortof fun, but also frustrating because my co-workers like to stand over my shoulder and say things like, “Can you make that darker?” or “Maybe that section should only be half a page,” or “Can you make that bigger?” Is this what graphic design is really like? If it is, I send out a wholehearted hug to all graphic designers with hovering clients.
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