Grace Fussell
Grace is a Graphic Designer and Brand Consultant based in Oxford, in the UK. She has provided design and branding services for clients across the not-for-profit, heritage, media, education, food, retail and publishing sectors. She also loves to share her passion for design through teaching. Visit Grace’s portfolio site at
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    Quick Tip: How to Proof Your Adobe InDesign Files in Just 5 MinutesPreview image
    Preparing your InDesign documents for sending to print or exporting as digital files shouldn't take up hours of your time. Ensure your documents are error-free with this short guide to proofing your work, and have more time left over for fun!Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Three Ways to Make Your Designs Look Instantly Better! Preview image
    Sometimes it's hard to put your finger on it—there's something just not right about your layout. It's too dull, too fussy, too bare or too busy. These three quick fixes will help you transform your designs, and make your page look spectacular, not so-so. Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Open Corrupted Adobe InDesign FilesPreview image
    So you’ve received an InDesign file from a colleague or client; or even navigated to an old ID file on your own computer—only to find that the document is apparently ‘damaged’ and won’t open. The file has somehow become corrupted, and the software just doesn’t like it. No need to panic! Check out these nifty solutions for opening corrupted InDesign files...Read More…
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    How to Create a Brand Guidelines Document in Adobe InDesignPreview image
    Branding is the visual glue that holds a company or organization together. In this tutorial I’ll take you through the steps of how I created a simple Brand Guidelines document for the resident Design and Illustration authors, affectionately known as Team Awesome! I’ll also share some really useful tips for creating Brand Guidelines for your own projects.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Troubleshooting Font Problems in Adobe InDesignPreview image
    Getting creative with fonts is one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of using InDesign, but every once in a while you encounter font-related problems that make you want to give up your typographic efforts and set everything back to Minion Pro. Hold up! Before you take drastic action, consider trying these troubleshooting tips for dealing with common font issues...Read More…
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    Create a Cool Image-Inside-Image Effect in Adobe InDesignPreview image
    Who knew you could create Photoshop-standard effects in Adobe InDesign? Learn how to recreate this dramatic image-inside-image effect, and give your book covers, magazine layouts and posters a cool makeover. Suitable for beginner to intermediate users of InDesign, we’ll walk through the steps of creating the effect and laying it out as part of a book cover design for a paperback novel.Read More…
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    How to Design a Cool Contents Page in Adobe InDesignPreview image
    Every magazine needs a contents page, but there are ways of making sure your layout becomes just as eye-catching as the magazine’s cover and articles. In this tutorial, suitable for beginners, you’ll learn how to create a full-spread contents page in Adobe InDesign, and pick up some tips for making your contents page layouts look beautiful, striking and ultra-modern.Read More…
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    Create a Branded Business Card for Team Awesome!Preview image
    As part of our Branding Team Awesome series, I’ll be showing you how to create a simple yet high-impact business card, using Roberlan Borges’s fantastic logo design and Team Awesome’s brand colors. For this tutorial, which is suitable for beginners, you’ll need to have access to Adobe InDesign; and we’ll also be dipping into Adobe Illustrator to edit vector graphics. Read More…
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    Create a Branded Resumé, Letterhead and Business Card in Adobe InDesignPreview image
    If you’ve recently graduated or found yourself delving back into the job market, you’ll have to make sure your resumé is up to scratch and ready to wow your future employer. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to create a branded resumé, letterhead and business card in Adobe InDesign, and take a look at how you can transfer your personal branding across all the print items to create a unified, uber-professional look.Read More…
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    How to Create a Tasty, Trendy Menu Card in Adobe InDesignPreview image
    Menus play a huge part in shaping a diner’s experience, for the better or worse (we’re aiming for the former!). Whether you’re creating a menu for a restaurant, café, or pop-up, or just simply looking for a way to wow friends or family at a special dinner party, you can easily liven up the table with these simple-to-create and trendy summer menu cards created in Adobe InDesign.Read More…
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    How to Create an Indie Movie Poster in Adobe InDesignPreview image
    Alternative movie posters are having a moment in the graphic design world. Designers and fans are creating their own quirky posters to advertise their favorite cult and indie movies. In this tutorial we’ll be creating a fan-art poster for indie favorite ‘Like Crazy’, and we'll look at how you can bring an authentic fan-art style to your own poster designs using Adobe InDesign.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Fill Text With an Image in Adobe InDesignPreview image
    Placing an image inside a single character can give your layouts a super-professional, design-forward look. And it’s really simple to achieve! In this Quick Tip tutorial, you’ll learn how to transform your typography into picture frames, to dramatic effect! We’ll be using Adobe InDesign for this tutorial.Read More…