STYLES HAVE BEEN AROUND since the dawn of desktop publishing. Over the years they have evolved in their ease of use and range of capabilities. A bed-rock feature of any page layout program, styles represent humankind's greatest advance in the field of digital page layout. Styles are to graphic designers what fire was to prehistoric people.
Figure 13.1. Paragraph and Character Styles Palettes (small palette rows chosen)
Figure 13.2. Paragraph Styles, Character Styles.
Using style sheets and not using styles sheets is the difference between you controlling InDesign and InDesign controlling you. Here are some reasons to use styles:
Despite these irrefutable facts, many designers either underutilize or avoid styles altogether. I'm frequently amazed by the number of designersmany of whom should know betterwho don't use styles, or who use them in a half-assed way. What's up with you people? You like the grind of unnecessary repetitive work?
I've had designers tell me: "I don't like to use styles, because I like to experiment with different designs," or "I don't want my pages to all look the same." These are exactly the reasons you should use styles. Far from stifling creativity, styles enhance it by making experimentation quick and easy. And just because your style names may be the same or similar from one document to the next doesn't mean the style definitions can't be completely different.