Tuesdays with Pariah: Paragraph & Character Styles in InDesign and QuarkXPress 8
Paragraph and character styles are the key to keeping your sanity while working with lots of text. In this Tuesday with Pariah we went deep into the power and utility of paragraph styles and character styles in InDesign CS3, CS4, and CS5 and in QuarkXPess 8. We talked about methodologies for working with style-shy Word editorial personnel. And I showed super secret, awesome techniques to automatically change paragraph styles as you type as well as how to style an entire story—from 1 to 1,000 pages—with a single command.
My career—my passion—is entirely focused on doing anything I can to Empower, Inform, Connect Creative Professionals™. I’m extremely lucky that I’m able to make a living doing that through writing books and articles and appearing at conferences and in videos and webinars. I love doing all that, but in all of those activities there’s one thing missing—discourse. In all those media it’s me doing the talking and everyone else the listening, reading, or watching. Out of all the different types of work and projects I do for the creative professional community, the most interactive is my training and consulting, but even that is limited to certain companies and groups, in certain places. I want to have a conversation with any designer who has the time to sit down for an hour and talk, no matter where he or she happens to be at the moment.
So, inspired by my friend Mordy Golding’s Fridays with Mordy weekly webinar, I’ve started Tuesdays with Pariah, a Designers’ Discourse.
In these weekly free web connect sessions I’ll be sometimes instructing in software like InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, or something else, and at other times talking about the business of design, such as intellectual property rights for creatives, helping non-Web designers get online, tax considerations for freelancers, and anything else that you bring up. Throughout the presentation and after, Tuesdays with Pariah are a conversation where I hope to learn as much from you as you learn from me. Think of it as a bunch of creative folk getting together over virtual coffee and talking, teaching each other something new, or debating different sides of an issue designers face.