Last week I completed my first teaching experience with a doctoral course I proposed to the Graduate Training Centre. It was titled “(Adobe) InDesign for Beginners“. Even though I root for open source tools, I cannot deny that leading commercial software inspires open-source and creates the demand.
I started to use InDesign application when I first joined Neuromag. At that time there was only the idea of creating a print version of the Neuromag magazine. Since the tool was available to me on my work computers (yes, I work at a privileged institute), I put my hands on learning it by myself just by trial and error. This learning experience resulted in creating two beautiful print issues of the Neuromag (so far).
Every unknown tool may at first appear overwhelming, I was maybe lucky to have used the other commercial applications with similar interface before. At the same time, if the desire to create something new and useful overcomes the slow rate of learning nuisance, something exciting happens: you get yourself a new hobby and some transferable skills!
The motivation behind this short course was to transfer my knowledge and experience on to the beginners (learning enthusiasts). In some years the Neuromag will hopefully continue to be printed by the next Neuromag teams and stay exciting. It was the reason I started to use this application after all. However, this application is not only good for creating Neuromag issues of course. After I got used to working with it I saw other reasons to use this application. Such as for creating CV and flyers.
Here is the flyer I created in between two lectures of this course. This was solely for accompanying the course participants while they worked on their projects. Then I thought, well, this is a nice product to share with them and other enthusiasts. It was a proud moment to see what the participants created, even if most of them never used such an application before. Overall, I am glad to have had this experience. Also, I am grateful to have the support of the GTC.
Yet, I want to encourage the general public to get inspired by these professional commercial software and apply the knowledge to use the open-source tools that are available.