4-Paper Resource Booklet – 2017

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Previous Class Sample Booklet: Papercuts 2013

Paper Resource Booklet Assignment – 2017


Your goal is to produce a comprehensive resource booklet on the subject of commercial papers as an aid to producing good design. As a group you will produce a total of 10 copies of your book.


Divide into two groups: minimum of 5 members per group. Each group will produce a pamphlet/booklet on the subject of commercial papers. Divide the topics up among all students, then decide on the roles you will each play in the design AND production of this booklet.

Booklet Requirements: 

  1. The minimum content of the booklet must include sections that cover the following subjects. You should also add any additional information about commercial paper that you feel is important, even if they are not listed below.
  • Recycled Papers, Post Consumer Content and other environmental concerns—
  • Paper making process—
  • How to spec paper for printing—
  • Specialty production methods such as die-cuts, foil stamping, embossing—
  • Weight/Caliper (writing, text, cover) (basis weight)—
  • Synthetic Papers—
  • Surface finish—
  • Durability—
  • Texture—
  • Ink holdout—
  • Brightness—
  • Grain Direction—
  • Color concerns—
  • Printing concerns—
  • Binding concerns—
  • How to Read a Paper Swatch Book—
  • Additional topics:___________________________
  1. Final Trim Size of your pamphlet is letter-half, Black & White. You must print on the Ricoh.
    Be creative and design smartly within these parameters. Design with final size and Saddle Stitch Binding in mind.
  • Total number of pages in the booklet must be a multiple of 4. (4, 8, 12, 16, 20, etc.) to avoid having “extra” blank pages at the end.
  • Individual chapters should all begin on a right hand-page. This may require you to add blank pages between some chapters to make this imposition work.
  1. You must include some graphics, charts, photos or illustrations to supplement the content. Be sure to choose images that are print quality, or create your own illustrations. Convert them to black & white, and set up your files properly for commercial printing!
  1. Also include:
  • TOC
  • Introduction
  • Colophon
  • Credits
  • Class members/designers
  • Online resource links/addresses
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Any additional elements that will make the book more useful.

Production Tasks/Schedule:

  1. Decide on a Layout
      1. Utilize inDesign’s Document grid and Baseline grid to create unity, harmony, & alignment between elements (heading size, paragraph type size, image sizes, margins, etc.)
      2. Create a master set of paragraph styles, character styles and a master document that each of you can add your individual section to.
      3. Use the Paragraph and Character Style names below for consistency between each student’s chapters.

Paragraph Styles:

▪Basic Paragraph

▪First Paragraph


▪Pull Quote






Character Styles:

▪Initial Letter


▪Proper Name

▪Page Number

▪Folio Info

  1. Apply chosen layout, master pages, styles and folio to all chapters
      1. Individually, assemble your chapters into separate inDesign docs. Once the group decides on a design including paragraph/character styles, it is important that these style names and definitions are clear to everyone so they seemlessly merge into an inDesign Book.
      2. Apply basic typography formatting, design and layout principles: line length, margin space, tracking, leading, etc. to each section. (ie: make it look good!)
      3. All text should be formatted into linked text boxes. 
  • Do not make separate text boxes for subheadings. 
  • Do not utilize returns to create the space between subheads and body copy, instead define this amount as “space after” or “space before” in their respective paragraph style definition.
  1. Decide on a Title
  1. Decide on a Cover Design
  1. Confirm that all paragraph styles and character styles are labeled consistently
  1. Confirm that all chapters begin on a righthand (odd-numbered) page
  1. PC formats will need to be recreated on Mac
  1. Determine order of chapters
  1. Create book Use the InDesign “Create Book” Feature
    1. Sync all chapters to one doc style source to create consistency throughout book.
    2. Be sure to set layout size, margins and columns, and folio info on Master Pages.
    3. See links available on the Pacific Graphic Design website, or use Adobe’s Help Features to learn how to sync all sections and create an organized TOC.
  1. Create TOC
  1. Add Introduction and Colophon
  1. Confirm total number of pages are an even multiple of 4
  1. Print and bind all 10 books (saddle stitch)
    1. You are aiming for consistency across the production of all 10 books.
    2. Be aware of paper creep!!
    3. Ensure that all books are crisp, clean & expertly assembled.

DUE Monday April 10

You have two and a half weeks to complete this – NO late booklets will be accepted. 

75% of your grade will be determined by the overall quality and cohesiveness of the book.

25% will be individual –  You will each provide me with feedback on your teamwork and an overview of who contributed what during the project.


 Helpful Links: How to combine everyones separate topics together

You may want to refer to these additional resource links for content, Design and Assembly: