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)
- Computer—MacBook Pro
- Style of Binding—(Perfect Bound)
- Software used—(CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
- Printer or Print shop/firm—(Epson StylusPro 4880 or Parks Group, Modesto)