Cross-listed with NMS 509, this course will familiarize students with the design terminology, protocol, and procedures involved in preparing files for a multiple-page book structure, as they experience a start-to-finish evolution of editing content, designing page layouts, and physically binding a hardcover book for a chosen audience. Digital prepress and direct to press techniques and troubleshooting will prepare students for outsourcing files or printing their own bookworks. Theoretical readings and discussion will deepen students’ understanding of the book’s relevance amidst a digital world. Field trips to Chicago printing presses will provide an in-context glimpse of changing technologies within the prepress world.
The course will meet Wednesdays, 6-9:15 pm on the Lincoln Park Campus.