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Publication Design

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Hi everyone. My name is Mario and I'd like to welcome you to today's lesson on Publication Design. Today, we'll learn about just that-- publication design-- and its different mediums. As always, feel free to pause, fast forward, and rewind at your own pace and when you're ready to go, let's begin.

So let's begin by defining publication design. Publication design is the practice of layout and graphic design for printed matter. Publication design requires an understanding of the type of that publication like books, comics, magazines-- that's a funny one-- journals, and, of course, newspapers. Even throughout all these types of publications, content is specific to a subject or genre and here's what I mean by that. So here's Time magazine and historically Time magazine has very simplistic covers. And it has a specific layout for its content which is primarily information about important events throughout history or relevant stories.

Now take this completely different magazine-- People magazine. Completely different look. Completely different content, different layout. It's the job of the designer to express the content in a thematic way. So Time magazine, it's about history then the cover and content layout needs to reflect that. If the magazine's about people, then just the same. The design needs to express this theme or subject.

So we'll move onto a different form of publication now-- comic. Comics integrate word and image in hybrid form to produce a special grammar of visual language. So it's a fancy definition but I'm sure you're all familiar with comics and how they mix words and images to create its own style and story. You can really see how unique comics are when you compare them to any other type of publication. Their images in conjunction with text really distinguishes them amongst other publications.

Comics make sense only because of their sequential panels so if you were to remove or switch panels around it could potentially change the whole meaning of the story and the strip. And in addition to comics, there's also a graphic novel which is a simile for comic and it's also considered a longer form. Sometimes the word is used to signify a higher literary value compared to comics.

So last type of publication we'll talk about today is e-publishing and e-publishing is also known as electronic publishing and is an actively growing publishing market. The active e-publishing occurs when content written by authors is distributed to electronic devices via the internet. So those of you reading books online or on your iPad, Kindle, or smartphones, those are all e-publishing. E-publishing is slowly becoming the replacement of printed publications because of its ease of use, wide distribution, and cost effectiveness.

And e-publishing isn't limited to just electronic versions of books or magazines and in fact, anyone can e-publish through the use of blogs and blogging. And blog comes from the words web log and it's another way for people to publish information online electronically. You could use this for hobbies, simple journals, and much more these days really.

Well, everyone that ends today's lesson. We'll conclude with our key terms-- publication design, comic, graphic novel, and e-publishing. Hope you've enjoyed this lesson with me today. My name is Mario and I'll see you next lesson.

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Citations

Image of Fit for Life Book, Public Domain


Image of Waterworld Comic, Creative Commons

http://www.fotopedia.com/items/flickr-523627034

Image of Vanity Fair Magazine, Creative Commons

Image of Le Petit Journal, PD-1923

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Le-Petit-Journal-27-2-1916.jpg

Image of Brownsville Herald, Creative Commons

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brownsville_Herald_Newspaper.jpg

Image of Time Magazine, Creative Commons

http://www.flickr.com/photos/daklein/327565231/

Image of People Magazine, Creative Commons

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drexston/4377239157/

Image of Watchmen, Creative Commons

http://www.flickr.com/photos/teknokool/2897618128/

Image of Kindle, Creative Commons

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43602175@N06/4069260433/

Image of Blogger, Creative Commons

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jeffrey_Veen_on_Blogger.jpg

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Publication Design

    Publication Design is the practice of layout and graphic design for printed matter.

  • Comic

    Comics integrate word and image in hybrid form to produce a special grammar of visual language.

  • Graphic Novel

    A graphic novel is a simile for comic and is considered a longer form. Sometimes the word is used to signify a higher literary value.

  • e-Publishing

    E-publishing is also known as electronic publishing and is an actively growing publishing market. The act of e-publishing occurs when content written by authors is distributed to electronic devices via the internet.