Colophon

A colophon is another name for “production notes” which is a listing of the main materials, processes or techniques used to make the multi-piece design it is associated with. If that design piece is a book or booklet it is normally referred to as a “colophon”. If it is instead a magazine or pamphlet it is normally referred to as the “production notes”. A colophon is always in the back of a book and production notes are usually in the front of a magazine.

The actual information and manner in which it is worded may differ from piece to piece but it is pretty normal for a publishing company or design firm to have a house style that sets a consistent treatment for all publications created by them.  So, for the University of the Pacific Graphic Design program production information should be presented in the following “house style”.

 

  • Text Type size/leading (Garamond 10/14)
  • Display Type—size/leading (Gill Sans 14/10)
  • Text Paper—company, paper name, weight, color, finish (Neenah Cottonwood, 60 lb text, bright white, smooth)
  • Cover Paper—company, paper name, weight, color, finish (Neenah Cottonwood, 100 lb cover, tan, smooth)
  • Style of Binding—(Perfect Bound)
  • Software used—(CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Printer—(Epson StylusPro 4880)

 

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