Where do I start with a publication project?
The best place to start with a publication project is by completing a Request Form. This form will help you address important information early in the project, so that your plan is clear and there are no major details forgotten, that could potentially hold up the project. Several of the items you'll want to consider when completing the Publication Request Form include:
How do I prepare the text for the publication?
The most timely and preferred method to provide text is in hard copy format and an electronic file sent as an e-mail attachment. Using PC or Mac (both are compatible), Microsoft Word attachments are preferred. You may also submit text online, with the Publication Request Form. All text should be reviewed and approved before it is submitted to Marketing and Communications. Making text changes during the proofing stages increases the risk of errors.
Helpful tips for supplying text:
How do I arrange for artwork to be included in my publication?
After completing the Publication Request Form, you will have the opportunity to discuss desired photographs and/or artwork with a Marketing and Communications staff person. OMC manages photography support also. Arrangements for photos should be made three weeks in advance of the scheduled event. To engage OMC staff in a photography project, please fill out the Photography Request Form.
How does the design/editing process work with a publications project?
Typically, after you've completed the necessary forms and sufficient information has been gathered regarding the project details, the following steps will occur as the project progresses:
Who arranges the printing of the publication?
Marketing and Communications will work with a printer and request a cost estimate after preparing the printing specifications for your project. OMC will arrange for competitive bids, which will be submitted to you for your approval. After your approval of the publication and quote, the project will be sent to the printer. The project may be delivered to our office, or directly to your office. We should always receive 15 samples of the printed piece for our files.
What is a blueline proof?
A blueline proof provides you a preview of the format of the printed piece, and will help you distinguish color separations. A blueline proof is not a full color proof and can't be used to judge color correctness.
Are there any special steps for a project that will be mailed?
There are specific rules determined by U.S. Postal Services that may impact your mailing project: