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Design for Print Master Class

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Two Day Course

Classroom Based


This course is for people who find themselves with design responsibilities but who have had no formal design training.

You will discover the five essential building blocks of design, look at working with type and colour and discover how to resolve common design problems. This course is designed to help you uncover hidden skills and to improve your confidence when making design decisions.

You should have a basic knowledge of QuarkXpress or Adobe InDesign.

Private Courses

One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

From £599 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • What is design?
    • Good and bad design
    • Five questions to ask before you design anything

    Key design elements
    • A guide to relevance, contrast, proportion, consistency, direction, totality and restraint
    • The five building blocks of design

    Laying out your page
    • Using the page organisation tools
    • Using the text organisation tools

    Working with tone and space
    • Using white space
    • Rules, borders, boxes and drop shadows
    • Creating bleeds

    The power of type
    • Type history and type decisions
    • Type families
    • Typographical ground rules
    • Tips and techniques for presenting type
    • Special type effects
    • Widows and orphans
    • Using a Type Scale to identify font sizes and leading values

    Working with colour
    • Different colour models
    • Choosing colours
    • Spot colours
    • Printing colours
  • Incorporating photographs
    • Illustrations or photographs?
    • Designing using photographs

    Shortcuts to good design
    • Maintaining a swipe file
    • AIDA – the four secret ingredients of good design

    Solving common design problems
    • Rivers of white space
    • Inappropriate column spacing
    • Claustrophobic pages
    • Whispering headlines
    • Floating heads and subheads
    • Too few/too many typefaces

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel more than 7 days before your course and there's no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

Comfort + Location
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Our Clients

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When you attend a course we ask you to tell us how it went. We use your feedback to help us improve our courses.

We publish all our customer satisfaction stats live on our site (good or bad) because we want everyone to know just how highly you rate us every day, every week and every year.

We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 20772 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

The most recent comments from attendees of our courses are shown below. We reckon they will give you a pretty good indication of how they think we perform.

  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed20772
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.6%

  Recent Feedback

"Great environment, friendly, knowledgable staff as always."