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Background: Cal Poly was the original student chapter of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts. Every year, at the TAGA Annual Technical Conference, Cal Poly and eight other chapters participate in a student competition. Chapters enter a technical journal consisting of research papers written by Cal Poly Graphic Communication students, which explore a range of aspects of the constantly-evolving industry. The journals at Cal Poly are notorious for being produced entirely in-house at the hands of students, from ideation to design to production and finishing.
My roles: I served the chapter in multiple roles over three years. As Digital Media Chair (2013-14), my primary responsibility was creating the e-publication aspect of the competition entry. This was a website that served as a parallel piece to the journal, where visitors could read the journal’s paper topics, view a gallery of production photos that I curated, and watch the chapter’s promotional video which I co-created with another chapter member. The website worked in tandem with Ricoh Clickable Paper, used in the physical journal. Cal Poly won the award Best E-Pub in 2014. As Production Chair (2014-15), my focus was on collaborating with department faculty to ensure the journal’s production in a timely manner. This required a strong understanding of the processes involved in screen printing, sheetfed offset printing, finishing processes such as perfect binding or varnishing, and the types of materials and substrates that were needed for every step of production. In 2015-16, I served as Co-President. While this role was largely administrative — travel forms, conference registration, grant applications, etc — I also supervised and supported the Marketing, Digital Media, and Production teams. With my co-president, we also organized workshops open to all students, related to print design or web design, weekly chapter meetings, and gave presentations to the department Advisory Board and College of Liberal Arts for sponsorships, grants, and donations.
Creative tools: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Premiere Pro, HTML, CSS
Print production tools: FileMaker Pro, Kodak Prinergy, EFI Fiery Command Workstation
Equipment used: Creo Trendsetter, Xerox C800, Konica Minolta Bizhub C1100, Heidelberg Speedmaster CD74, Xerox C800, Polar Mohr 92X, Duplo DB-280 Perfect Binder, Mueller Martini 1580 Perfect Binder
Management tools: Trello, Asana