Technical Editing & Production



Pick a complex design

Pick one of the options below.

You don't have to create a full finished design here. I want two good rough drafts that shows how you are thinking about the project and how you would go about finishing it. In other words, you need to provide enough information and detail so that if I were hiring you for the project, I would feel comfortable with that decision.

Turn in

Your designs.

An accompanying paper of at least 3 pages (single spacing). Explain and justify your design of the document, citing relevant sources to support your design decisions. Note that you must explain your design choices, not give a description of how you went about doing the project.


Make your choice:


You have been asked to help  an Internet/cable service provider who is working on presentation of "data use" for their customers (i.e., how many GBs of stuff did you upload or download) during billing cycle for their customers (assume these are commerical customers, not residential). Their current data usage presentation is counterintuitive and difficult to interpret.  

They need help to distinguish which graphic treatment best shows 1) daily use of data, 2) cumulative use of data (trends), and 3) comparative use of data (cycle-to-cycle or time slice to time slice).  They realize that they are not providing what customers want most, that is, "What was I doing when I used 50 GB in one day?" What they need is a presentation that helps their customers manage data use to avoid overages and to select the package that best meets their needs.

Develope some sample ideas for presenting the data and support those ideas with solid research (from class readings or other sources).  This would probably take the form of a report to the customer showing the samples and justiying them.


Visual Word sort of book that talks about design. Lots of images, callouts, etc. Create 4-6 pages that show your concept.


Design a chart with a detailed compariative analysis of several of these fonts (you don't need to do all of them). Fonts with a DL will probably require you to download and install the font.

  Font 1 Font 2
old style serif Riven (DL) Garamond
  Palatino Bookman Old Style

Gentium (DL)

modern serif Stone Serif (DL) Baskerville (DL)
  Sabon (DL) Meridien (DL)
sans serif Arimo (DL) Century Gothic
  Berlin Sans FB (DL) Frutiger (DL)



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