LA 11.1 – Print Preparation – Printing Checklist Form

TASK

Design your own printing checklist form

Practical assignment (observation and analysis)


Process

I started doing some research online and after only a short time I could acknowledge that I was not able to find any good Print Checklist Forms for me. I was unaware of what I didn’t know, so I decided to read unit 6 (page 124-139) Print Production and Presentations in the textbook Graphic Design School: A Foundation Course for Graphic Designers Working in Print, Moving Image and Digital Media. Then I decided to watch this weeks Lynda lesson about Print Production to gain more insight.

After this I decided to make three different forms for three different needs:

  1. Communicating with your printer
  2. Print Checklist
  3. Attending Press Check

I collected all information needed for the forms in a word document. Then, I went over to InDesign. I chose not to draw sketches because of lack of time (it’s always best to draw sketches and make time to brainstorm ideas).

I sat up a page template and made a document with three separate pages (not spreads). Then I designed the three forms with a consistent design (font, colours etc). All the way I tried to use what I had just learned (using open font, use layers and name them and all objects, tidy up my document etc). Finishing off, I saved the forms as three separate PDFs.

 

13.1. LA Print preparation - Printing checklist_printer13.1. LA Print preparation - Printing checklist_web13.1. LA Print preparation - Printing checklist - presscheck

 

Conclusion

I find these forms really useful in by daily work with printers. That being said, it took me a long time to make them informative and useful for my use. I’m  happy about the content, but not too ken on my own design. It could have been perfected.

 

Resources

Lesson

  • «Overview of Print Preparation» – lesson from Noroff School
  • «Print Preparation» – lesson from Noroff School
  • «Print Preparation» – video lesson from Noroff School
  • «Layout Part 1″ and «Layout part 2» – video lessons from Noroff School
  • «Learning Print production» – Lynda video course by Claudia McCue

Litterature

  • Graphic Design School: A Foundation Course for Graphic Designers Working in Print, Moving Image and Digital Media, Unit 6 (page 124-139), Print Production and Presentations.

Websites

 


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