Interactive Publication – ARTS 380

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/03/2021

Course Description

This advanced publication design class builds upon layout design, typography, and visual communication concepts learned in previous classes and explores current technologies used in the creation of digital and interactive publications. Lecture and studio work will cover the software and tools necessary for the creation and publishing of an interactive publication across a variety of devices. Students will conceptualize and produce their own publication that invites reader participation. May be taken twice for credit.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The world of design is constantly evolving. It is necessary to learn how to visually communicate and produce work for a variety of media. Principles transcend media, but it is essential to know and understand the differences and challenges of these forms in order to communicate effectively. In this course, topics will build upon previous knowledge and will instruct how to construct interactive page layouts for tablets and devices. The student will have the opportunity to conceptualize and produce an interactive and engaging publication such as a children’s book, magazine, annual report, or comic book to solidify the concepts being taught. The projects created in this course are intended for the growth of the graphic design student’s portfolio and should showcase a deep knowledge of design, layout, audience, concept, and visual communication.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 150 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Tutorials Assignments (4)

The student will complete several tutorials that will help them understand the software and workflow necessary for producing a digital publication.

EPUB Proposal Assignment

The student will propose a piece of previously published content within the public domain that will be used to create 10 custom graphical elements.

EPUB Milestones Assignments (5)

The student will provide proof of concepts and progress with each milestone containing newly developed content and artwork for the chosen public domain work. 

EPUB Final Assignment

The student will conceptualize and develop the visuals and layout for a digital publication within the public domain. Using the content developed over the term the student will produce a complete EPUB with custom illustrations.