Graphic design is the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books. Desktop publishing is the creation of documents using page layout software on a personal (“desktop”) computer. Desktop publishing software can generate layouts and produce typographic-quality text and images comparable to traditional typography and printing. This technology allows individuals, businesses, and other organizations to self-publish a wide variety of physical and digital content. 

Graphic design and desktop publishing were two loose ends from my undergraduate studies that I carried over into my postgraduate explorations. 

Both graphic design and desktop publishing can save you a lot of money because you can do them yourself, but they are only worth doing yourself, if you can use their techniques and technologies properly.

The self-publishing of books and ebooks was something I wanted to become especially acquainted with because I have ambitions to publish my own factual and fictional works. 

6 Courses

Graphic Design

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Colorado Border

Started: 17/09/2016

Finished: 01/09/2020

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Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: The Basics

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 07/03/2018

Finished: 02/06/2018

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InDesign CC 2018 Essential Training

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 30/06/2018

Finished: 06/07/2018

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Ebook Foundations

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 09/03/2018

Finished: 05/05/2018

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Learning Ebook Publishing

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 08/03/2018

Finished: 09/03/2018

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Learning Metadata for Book Publishing

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 09/05/2018

Finished: 10/05/2018

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1 Book

Ape: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to Publish a Book

Author: Guy Kawasaki & Shawn Welch

Publisher: Nononina Press 

Published: 2013 (first published December 4th 2012)

Started: 08/09/2014

Finished: 13/06/2017

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Graphic designers use desktop publishing software and techniques to create the print materials they envision. The computer and desktop publishing software aid in the creative process by allowing the designer to try out various page layouts, fonts, colors, and other elements.
In the 1980s and 1990s, desktop publishing put affordable and powerful digital tools in the hands of everyone for the first time. At first, it was exclusively used to produce files for print—either at home or a commercial printing company. Now desktop publishing is used for e-books, blogs, and websites. It has spread from a single focus—that of print on paper—to multiple platforms, including smartphones and tablets.

Jacci Howard Bear, Desktop Publishing vs. Graphic Design, lifewire.com, 10/02/2020