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Vacation! Soon-ish...

You know that deadline you forgot all about? Yeah, that happened to me. Yesterday I was all happy about finally having a week off (autumn holidays, hoo!), only to get a text message from a classmate, asking about the deadline of an assignment for Digital Publishing. I sorta assumed it was the Friday after said holiday, but turns out the deadline is tonight 23.59. Whoops? Thankfully I am almost done, just some minor tweaking in Photoshop, combining the stuff in pdf format and uploading said pdf online. But yeah, thank you classmate!

So here I am, taking a small break to sort out my thoughts. Too many ideas at the same time tends to overcomplicate my creative process in Photoshop/Dreamweaver. Need to take a step back and observe the current result, ya know? And also to make many snapshots of the entire process to see if I missed anything. Writing a LJ post tends to help a lot, even tho it's prolly not that interesting to read as an outsider. Might as well try to explain what I am trying to create eh?

For digital publishing we have to make an Epub for Paaspop, which is a music festival. To prepare for this, we need to do additional assignments. Research the layouts of magazines, both paper and digital. What's the difference, how do they deal with photos, texts and fonts? After doing said research, we had to make magazine layout examples in Photoshop, using pictures and quotes we like. As many designs/variations as possible. Teacher gave feedback, which was used to finetune the designs. For the final assignment we now have to use one of the layouts and turn it into a digital one for tablet usage. This also means you need to take into account that a user needs indicators how to browse through your magazine. So you need to add a menu bar/navigation stuff. The usage of videos, multiple pages, stuff like that.

Despite being complicated, I love it. While coding my own websites is quite fun, there is someting unreal about trying to tell a story through the latest IT means. Digital Publishing really is still in the stone age if you compare it to other IT-branches. It's too bad the classes can be so utterly dull. I am still torn if I want to be a full fledged Media Designer or if I want to specialise in Digital Publishing or a different innovation course. Thankfully I still got the entire school year to decide, if not longer.

Anyways, back to homework now. Apologies if the post is kinda boring (not that many read it to begin with =P).

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Epub? that doesn't sound like an Epub file, or do you just mean Electronic publication?

And yeah, I agree about digital publishing. I had a lot of classes about this subject during my MA. Publishers still tend to go with the Horseless Carriage, aka just make their digital publications electronic copies of print publications, without using the specific electronic characteristics like embedding video, hyperlinking etc. It's a shame, really, that there's so little innovation in this aspect, although the past couple of years you can see for example news websites catching on (although IMO this is also fueled by the popularity of apps).

It's good that your courses make you think about and practice with digital publications! I'm sort of jealous, mine were always much more theoretical (duh, uni). I hope everything worked out with your assignment, and good luck with making a choice! If you ever want to talk about digital publishing or other things, do let me know! I've studied/worked in that field, albeit from a different perspective :)
I honestly do not know yet what it exactly is. All the teachers (I got 4 different teachers for this course, each specialising in a different aspect of Digital Publishing) call it an Epub. I just know it involves writing/creating content, which will be coded into something digital (ideally for tablet, but also usable for normal computers).

And your description about how outdated it is, is so true. This year the teachers went with the 4th years whom specialized into Digital Publishing to the biggest book event in Europe (apparantly in Germany), which claims to be super advanced when it comes to Digital Publishing, was basically an ebook with low quality embedded videos or some AR code -_-;;

We could talk more about next time we meet! By then I should know more about the IT version ^^
Aaah the Buchmesse! My boss was there as well. I really want to go some time, it's supposed to be super interesting and a great place for networking and seeing what publishers are up to. I could have gone in '09 with my class, but back then I was superbroke and it was like 300E.

And yes, we should! It's so cool that you're studying/working in a related field now, we can teach each other stuff!