Carnegie Mellon University Selects InDesign as Principal Tool for Design Majors
Tuesday, August 14, 2001
SAN JOSE, Calif.- Aug. 13, 2001-- Adobe Systems Incorporated, the leader in network publishing, today announced that Carnegie Mellon University has adopted Adobe® InDesign® software as part of its core curriculum in its renowned communication design program. By Fall 2002, Adobe InDesign, the award-winning page layout program for professional publishers, will be the principal design tool for all communication design majors at Carnegie Mellon. Adobe InDesign was first introduced to Carnegie Mellon students just over a year ago and quickly became the design tool of choice among communication design students and faculty. The ease of using Adobe InDesign, especially since students regularly use Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe Illustrator®, and the software's advanced typography controls were instrumental in the decision to build core coursework around InDesign. "We're adopting Adobe InDesign in response to the needs of the business community and students,'' said Anne Connell, computer technology manager and adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon. "InDesign is clearly the design program preferred by our students. At the same time, businesses from publishers to creative design firms are standardizing on InDesign. By setting core curriculum around InDesign, we can give students the skills they need to succeed now and in the future.'' "The adoption of InDesign by one of the nation's leading design schools is an honor and reflects the trend we see with InDesign in businesses,'' said Susan Altman Prescott, vice president of cross-media publishing at Adobe. "With InDesign, students and creative professionals have a tool that fits seamlessly into their design workflows and improves the overall quality of final designs.'' Carnegie Mellon students use a suite of tools -- Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Acrobat® -- to complete class projects that include layouts of magazine pages, developing corporate signs and logos, creating sample advertisements and other communication-related projects. Finished projects are converted to Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and submitted electronically to instructors. In addition to the powerful InDesign features, an additional advantage of using the software is the excellent service and support offered by Adobe. "The commitment of Adobe to educators is as strong as its commitment to the business community,'' said Connell of CarnegieMellon. "With Adobe's support, we can meet the challenges of limited budgets and high expectations, and train our students on the industry's best tools.''