My Production Methods class this last term has been an interesting one. I learned all about prepping files for print. It sounds simple enough, right? Just hit the "Print" button, and boom you're done.
Printing is the final step in your design process, probably the most important, and unfortunately is overlooked by designers a lot of the time.
I won't go into a full on lecture here, all I know is that I don't want to be that designer that sends a screwed up file leaving the production guys shaking their heads at my noobness. To prevent this from happening to you, I suggest you visit this print company's "Pre-Flight Checklist." They list some of the standard printing preparation tips on there- super helpful!
You may be wondering about the mug...
My final project was to create a marketing piece that I could leave with my clients in future meetings. Some companies leave notepads, pens, magnets, etc.... I decided on a custom coffee mug!
...with a morning dose of inspiration, of course :)
Even though the business name and logo were just for practice, having something professionally printed like this makes me feel totally legit... and kinda cool, not gonna lie!
It's crazy to think that Graduation Day is a mere 10 weeks away. Soon it will be time for me to decide on my business name, and for reals this time. So much to think about... I can't wait to get started on my blog's transformation! I plan on getting dot-commed, having my portfolio linked, and my design services readily available.
That reminds me... in case anyone has been wondering about my Design tab I anxiously added after getting fired in December, I decided not to rush into anything and have taken my time getting ready to launch. While I would love nothing more than to jump in head first and start designing for everyone, I had to force myself to take a step back and do it the right way.
It's a work in progress, just like files waiting to be printed in a queue. This future business of mine happens to be a huge file with lots of compound paths, color matching, and detailed specifications.... like any big print job, preparation will be the key to its success!