Final Project & Portfolio (40%) The Brief
Manual/Guide to Klingon Rituals
Duration of Assignment
6 Weeks (Briefing on Week 8)
Week 13 (3 July 2017) Printed Manual Week 14 (10 July 2017) Online Manual
You are required to design a ‘Manual’ based on the given fictitious topic but within the field of creativity. It should be referenced and the information regarding the Klingon rituals must be legitimate with actual references from either books or online. You will need to brainstorm ideas on the topic chosen, content of the manual, look & feel, concept, typography as well as the manual’s name.
You have to take into account the best approaches in designing the identity and branding of the manual. Define the purpose or function of the layout, the manual’s audience, and the information that needs to be communicated. In order to visualize this task, you will be need to be creative and selective in the application of relevant elements for your manual design. (ie. design and layout, color palette and treatment, grid system, visuals and typography).
The manual should have at least 16 pages but not more than 32 altogether, including the front cover, content, editor’s note & credits, contributors and resource credits, main feature, review/shorts, single page spread and back cover. Advertising space is optional. A detailed research on the chosen topic is essential and project management skills are vital in order to secure successful completion of this project.
The final manual should contain information and visuals in order to communicate with the target audiences. You are responsible in every aspect of its pre-production and production including research, concept, content, design elements and the final execution. Remember, you must establish unity across the entire format as identity and concept is essential to a manual’s representation. Successful manual layouts must not only be legible and readable, it also needs to be aesthetically pleasing as well as able to offer information in a creative and often conceptualized manner.
You will be guided through lectures, demonstrations, tutorials and feedback sessions throughout the duration of the project in response to the design process of designing a manual. This includes masthead design, thumbnail sketching, drafting and refining layouts as well as final proofing. You will use Adobe InDesign in your execution of the manual’s layout and design. Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop is a must.
The size of the manual must be A4. You are required to print the manual layout in full colour and assemble a realistic mock-up for final submission. Subsequently the manual will be digitized and uploaded online. Please credit all sources where necessary.
Additionally, you must document your entire design process as your portfolio submission. This includes but are not limited to:
Research conducted for this project including visual, articles, edited visuals, notes, photographs, mood boards, references, typography, grid system etc.
Brainstorm sheets together with notes and sketches or any evidence of formatting, conceptualizing as well as putting content into perspective. Include also a rational on the name chosen as well as
the identity and branding of the manual.
Initial thumbnails, plans, sketches, draft layouts that document the visualization of the concept chosen as well as the pace of the manual. Evidence of typographic exploration documenting the process of refining the manual’s typographic identity, layout and grid system.
Document the process you undertook to produce your project including layouts, refined ideas, pre finals as well as final proofs. Including notes in your layout to justify the design decisions you’ve made along the way is recommended.
Your final manual/guide must demonstrate your solution for the brief.
- 16-24 page manual of a professional finishing and quality not only in look but also in content.
- Research and design process filed chronologically, in an A3 portfolio.
- Design report on e portfolio.
- Online manual.
- CD archiving .indd and .pdf files.
- To develop students knowledge and understanding in print media.
- To develop students ability to create layout for a different application and experience.
- To develop students familiarity with the dynamics of design and its components.
- To develop students confidence in working through the design process
- To develop students time and project management skills.