Title

Avoiding Desk-Top Disasters - Why Technical Communication Students Should Learn About Mechanical Paste Up Techniques

Authors

M. Flammia

Title - Alternative

J. Teach. Writ. Commun.

Keywords

Communication

Abstract

Today many students learn how to use desktop programs such as PageMaker and Ventura in technical communication courses; however, few of those students are also learning the principles of graphic design underlying the production of mechanicals. The ability to use a desktop publishing program does not necessarily guarantee the ability to produce well-designed and effective documents. In fact, the growing use of desktop publishing software has led to a proliferation of documents that violate all the rules of good design. This article describes a technical publications course in which students gain a better understanding of the principles of design and layout by using mechanical paste up techniques. When required to use mechanical paste up in addition to desktop publishing software, students acquired a more thorough understanding of grids and white space as well as a greater confidence in their abilities to do page design.

Publication Title

Journal of Technical Writing and Communication

Volume

23

Issue/Number

3

Publication Date

1-1-1993

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

287

Last Page

295

WOS Identifier

WOS:A1993MP97800006

ISSN

0047-2816

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