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Graphic Design -> Production Systems: Using Computers

Using Computers

Computers are an integral part of contemporary design. Whilst most students have access to this production system, some do not. Those who do can use them to assist in the development of ideas and in the final presentation of their concepts. It is important to remember that this system is a tool for your use and not the master of your destiny.

Computer-generated design can take the form of image manipulation through scanning, can assist in the exploration and presentation of letterform and information, and can be a valuable tool when exploring layout options. When using software, it is necessary to list the form in use and to show a progression in the development of your concepts. This does not mean 25 printouts of colour trials or a listing of every available font. What it does mean is that when a significant alteration has been made, a small printout should be included and annotated.

The computer should be an extension of your development work and not separate from it. This means that you must resolve all components of your presentation piece before going to the mock-up stage. It is not necessary to print out every significant change on the best quality paper, nor is it necessary to print everything full size. What is necessary is that you include examples, and that you annotate each one to explain what changes you have made, why you made them and whether those changes have been successful.