Interactive Publication – ARTS 380

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.


ARTS 113, 222, 223, 332, 340, and 352


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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify on tests the foundational terminology, concepts, page anatomy, media, and types of publications used in the industry and be able to use this language to converse intelligently with others.
  2. Know software and techniques instrumental in producing a digital publication.
  3. Plan and execute complex multistage projects and demonstrate project management skills.
  4. Develop themes and concepts that satisfy targeted marketing objectives.
  5. Prepare and provide content for interactive digital publication.
  6. Present materials using relevant techniques.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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 (4)

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

Project Proposal

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

Project Milestones (5)

The student will provide proof of concepts and progress with each milestone containing newly developed content and artwork.

Final Project Submission

The student will conceptualize and develop the visuals and layout for a digital publication within the public domain, and will produce and prepare to publish the completed product.