Book Design: Graphics Intern Tutorial #2

11 Sep

As the new semester is now underway, the new graphics interns are making good progress through the tutorials I assign. Lesson 2, designed originally by Katherine Wilson (my predecessor here at the office as a graphics specialist), deals with reproducing a schematic diagram in the drawing program we use, Adobe Illustrator CS2 (Creative Suite 2).

The interns are given a template of symbols to be copied and pasted into the drawing. The rest must be drawn using the skills developed in the Illustrator class all Advertising Design & Print Technology students at TSTC Waco must take before beginning an internship. The assignment sheet also lists the job specs that tell the interns what font, size, style, and stroke weight to use in the labeling of the schematic diagram. It is important to make sure this is correct during intern training because if one person builds a schematic/diagram incorrectly we lose time—and therefore money—by having to backtrack and fix mistakes that could have been avoided by paying attention to detail in the first place.

Finally, when the lesson is finished the intern saves the diagram as an EPS file and prints a copy to turn in. If any there are any corrections to be made they must be done before the intern may continue on to the next tutorial.



One Response to “Book Design: Graphics Intern Tutorial #2”

  1. tianodesign September 12, 2007 at 6:02 am #

    That’s actually a pretty good method for you to teach, and for your interns to learn, all the various skills necessary for book design. I never went to school for any design or art courses. Way back in the Dark Ages when I went to college, computers were hardly in the consciousness of anyone but scientists. I was an English major and, in fact, professed to a friend who was a poli sci and philosophy undergraduate but then got his master’s in computer science, that computers would ruin society, kill human creativity, and eventually enslave us all.

    The next morning, after the effects of the alcohol wore off, I met my buddy at the only computer store within a hundred miles or so and immediately bought in to the possibilities and power of PCs. I taught myself all my computer skills—PageMaker, Quark, later InDesign; Photoshop and Illustrator, later Freehand; and equation-making software. All on a need-to-know basis with third-party tutorial books and then adapting the tutorials to made-up projects of my own.

    What you are doing for your interns reminds me of what I put myself through. I’m sure that, as part of a program, they’ve had classes. But the hands-on you give them in a real production environment, it seems to me, is the most valuable thing. I hope your interns appreciate the experience you make possible for them.

    Stephen Tiano, Book Designer, Page Compositor & Layout Artist
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