ePub: Electronic Publishing & Design for Smart Media
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NCOM 3007
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design
  • Publication & Editorial Design
  • Media Studies
With the proliferation of tablets and other handheld mobile devices, electronic publishing has become a multi-billion-dollar business and is fast taking over the traditional print publishing market. Anyone considering a career in communication design or publishing should acquire the skills to design for interactive ("smart") media. This workshop offers simple but effective tools for understanding and creating e­books and interactive magazines and catalogs for tablets, e-readers, and smartphones. We use free shareware to develop test outputs with different media devices and troubleshoot designs. Students are introduced to new standards in software design and development and some strategies for marketing and promoting their epubs. By the end of the course, they should be able to create interactive content in SWF (and Adobe Flash) and Interactive PDF and export it to any platform. No previous technical experience is required, but familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign and Photoshop, is recommended. Students must have access to both InDesign and Photoshop in order to complete the assignments. This course is taught on the Macintosh platform.
Course Open to: Degree Students