Adobe Illustrator and InDesign for scientific purposes

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Short description

In this interactive online course, students will learn to use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign to create scientific diagrams and page lay-outs, respectively. The course will address topics such as

  • Colour display on a screen and in four-colour print;
  • Colour psychology;
  • Different typeface classes and how to use those to influence the look and feel of a publication;
  • Basics of page composition

The instructor will share his screen to show the students the necessary skills and encourage direct imitation.

The course offers short theory lectures in about half the sessions, giving the students theoretical tools to use in their designs. In following sessions, students will be given assignments such as the creation of posters and scientific illustrations and will receive feedback on given assignments and use that to improve them.

9 sessions will be guided by the instructor while 1 session will take place in small groups of students for peer feedback and assessment.

Important: Students need access to Adobe Illustrator and InDesign beforehand in order to be able to follow the course. UU students receive a discounted offer for Adobe Creative Cloud on Surfspot.

Max number of participants: 16

Registration: Please email the course coordinator, Spiros Pachis ( if you would like to participate before Monday the 22nd of March. You will hear back whether you have been selected on Monday the 22nd of March and you will be asked to confirm your participation within the following 2 days.

When: The course will take place on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, 16:00-17:30.

Session 1: Tuesday, March 30
Session 2: Tuesday, April 6

Session 3: Tuesday April 13
Session 4: Friday, April 16
Session 5: Tuesday, April 20

Session 6: Friday, April 23
Session 7: Friday, April 30
Session 8: Tuesday, May 4
Session 9: Friday, May 7
Session 10: organized by each student group

Final assignment deadline: Friday, May 14




Optional for students from other programmes

In first instance, this course is only offered to students following the General Research Profile.