Print Project Procedures
The publications and design office creates or assists in creating printed materials—postcards, pamphlets, posters, brochures, and other promotional items—for Luther College offices and departments. If a print project is intended for an off-campus audience, it must at least be approved by the publications and design office. Let us look at it via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop by our office (263 Dahl Centennial Union).
We will assist with work for the campus audience as time permits, and please do ask for help if you want it.
Planning your project
1. How long will it take?
Be prepared to submit all of your text and artwork at least one month before you need your project completed. Simple projects may take much less time, and may be finished earlier, but if our office has a lengthy queue of projects, we may not be able to handle yours immediately.
If you are doing an entirely new project, give us a heads-up (email@example.com or 387-1353) as soon as you decide to do the project, and we will work out a deadline schedule with you. Ideally, we’d like know about a new project six months before it has to be completed.
When we have your PrintWork Job Submission Form (or see list at left), along with all of your text and artwork, we can begin work on your project.
What you get with these deadlines:
- We can shop your project around to printers, on- and off-campus, to match their services to your needs for the best possible price and turnaround.
- We may be able to help you determine an even better format for your project if we have a little time to think about it.
- Errors will be reduced when we—and you— have sufficient time for editing and proofing.
2. What should the project include?
To conceptualize the piece, answer these questions:
- What are you trying to accomplish with your project?
- Who is your intended audience?
- What tone are you trying to convey?
- What impressions would you like to make on your audience?
- Is there an existing product that meets your needs?
- Are there other ways of thinking about your project?
3. How many?
- Is there a defined quantity of the product? (Has it been printed before?)
- If not, when will you know how many you need?
4. Submit your work request
Once you've done some thinking about your project, contact the publications office by filling out the web form at www.luther.edu/printwork. This step is essential.
Filling out this form sends the requested information to the publications office and enters your project into the publications project database, which helps office personnel assign your project to the appropriate person and enables them to better keep track of your project.
Once you've filled out the printwork form and your project has been assigned, a publications staff member will contact you to begin work on your project.