Category Archives: Classwork

Week 13, Class 1

ZINES!!!!!! Type Books!

We will be printing the heck out these today for those who had trouble printing on their own. Then we will crit the results. If you made no attempt, your grade will be lowered.

Interactive Zines

We have to start working on these, so I will walk through some of possibilities today. Here are some files and an interactive pdf handout.


Gather any videos, song files or other assets you want to add to your zines.

Week 12, Class 2

Printing our Booklets

Holy cow, I had the worst time getting this to work! Indesign has changed a lot of stuff and it is now a total pain in the oil pan, but I found some good resources. Here is a zine I was working on for us to work with, so let’s download it (it’s unfinished as the method I was describing was not working).

InDesign Print Booklet Issue Solved, Thanks Adobe


I want you to try and make your booklet in class whether you are finished with the layout or not. We may run into some major issues as we cannot modify permissions on the school computers. If that is the case, I will make your booklet pdfs for you to send to the printer’s.

  • Here is an example of a booklet of a regular, no-full bleed zine.
  • Here is one with the full bleed, laid out on 11×17″ paper with trim marks.

Type Books
These are much more straightforward, so we will go over making these into pdfs and sending them to FedEx. I want them to be bound on the left edge with a spiral binding, with the cover of your choice. The cheapest version is a plasticized paper back and a clear plastic cover. Remember to clean them up and make the compositions work as best they can.


  • Finish your printed zines. Have at least one copy for next Thursday.
  • Also, print your type books, with the cover and spiral edge.

Some places to print out your work:


Week 12, Class 1

Welcome back!

Today, you will be finishing your zines. We are sending them off to print for next Thursday.


We are finishing the zines come heck or high water. No excuses, no distractions. I will be meeting with each of you at length.

We need to start talking about the next phase of the zine: the Interactive ZIne! I will walk you through some work that shows some possibilities.

Salford ZIne Library


Your zine must be completely finished by the end of tomorrow’s class. We will send a file to FedEx together so you can see how to do it.

Week 11, Class 1

Today, we are critiquing the zines! That will be most if not all of the class.

We may or may not watch Helvetica in class today, depending on how much we cover in the crit.

Student Show Submissions

It’s that time of year again! I need 12 submissions for the art show, so pdf your best work and send it to me by tomorrow. I will choose 12 great pages and submit them ASAP.


Work on your zines! They need to be ready to go for the week we come back. We will discuss how to print them tomorrow.

Week 10, Class 2


Type Book:
We are winding down on this project at last! You should be proud, you have worked so hard! I am handing out the final list of all the pages you need to have in your book. You are responsible for tracking all of those down.

Consolidate all of your documents into one big one. This will take a little while and you need to be patient until you get the hang of it.
Tutorial Video


Today, you needed to have your dummies ready. You also need to have all of your assets ready to bring into the document, either by scanner or direct import. I want people scanning! Get in there!

Paragraph & Character Styles:
Now that you are putting together bigger documents, you need to know how to format as efficiently and consistently as possible. We will work with these concepts in class today so you may start applying your established styles with greater ease.

Character Styles  |  Paragraph Styles


Type Book:

Put together your type book. Make sure to use this as an opportunity to polish it into a whole, cohesive piece. Infuse your design with wit! Make this a portfolio piece for the next couple of years! If you do get it together sooner than the deadline, send me a pdf and I will give feedback that you can take or leave as you wish.

Type Books are due to me, printed and bound by
April 25, the Friday after Spring Break.
Late submissions will drop a letter grade every day they are late.


Your zines need to be completely put together next week. We will be critiquing them and making sure they look sharp. You will be finishing them entirely Friday of next week and turning in the printer version also on April 25.

Printed versions of your zines are also due April 25.
You need only print one copy, and it may be black and white if you want.

Week 10, Class 1

Okay, I am basically over the whole skipping thing, although I did have to kick a few butts via email. I understand that you may have to use your discretion and miss class once or twice. I just think it is so high school to pull that with a sub. I happen to have asked two amazing people to fill in for me so you could benefit from working with them. This is my beef: those of you who skipped are treating your education as if it were a right and not a privilege. This education – no matter how humble the setting – is a huge chance and if you blow it off, you are only cheating yourself. I was angry because I have a pretty good idea what each and every one of you are capable of when you care. I do not want you just toeing the line to meet the minimum requirements for the course, I want you to exceed them because you want to push yourself to your best possible manifestation. It’s all on you to take the chance you are being offered. Goodness knows, this may be the only time you have to do this.

Anyway, enough said. I seriously do not like that crap, though.


Review midterm

Type Book

  • Logotype slideshow and review
  • Illustrator expedition:
    • Outlining text
    • Cutting, manipulating
    • Bringing it all back to InDesign

Sheeeeeee’s back! It’s that slightly annoying woman we have seen before…

This is an awesome video on logo design:


  • Go over the work you have done so far
  • Setting up your document. Here is a template.
  • Walk through the scanning process
    • Processing images in Photoshop
    • Have people scan work
    • Bringing in images into InDesign, placing them


Type Book

Finish all exercises we have had so far. We are wrapping up every last one tomorrow and going over what you need to do to print it well. Be sure to have all of your digital files ready as we are going to put them all together and clean those puppies up!


You need to have your document laid out with placeholder text and images by tomorrow. We will continue scanning any physical work and getting it into your files as fast as we can.