PUB 602: Design & Production Control in Publishing

This guide is a starting point for library research required for the PUB 602 assignments.

If you need help, please contact Matt Kingcroft, Librarian for Interactive Arts & Technology and Publishing at 778.782.7588 or or Ask a librarian.

Course description: "A consideration of the theory, principles, traditions and current trends in publication design as applied to print and electronic publishing. Students will undertake design exercises in addition to learning the relationship between design, costing and print production."

Project themes

To systematically search for relevant books use the subject headings in our Library Catalogue. For example, you could look for books that have the subject headings Graphic design (Typography) or Printing -- Style manuals.  For more details on subject headings and for help with the catalogue, see the Library Catalogue search guide or Ask a Librarian.

In LinkedIn Learning you can also find video tutorials, both on using specific design software programs (Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and others) and on general design and digital publishing skills (page layout, cover design, and so on). Note that LinkedIn Learning requires that you register and create an account with them, but access is free through SFU Library. The account allows you to bookmark or track your progress through different online courses on LinkedIn Learning.

To find course readings, first check the library catalogue to see if we have the book. If it's not at SFU Library then you can always request an Interlibrary Loan.

Book design

Search for books with the subject headings Book design, Book design -- Pictorial works, or Book design -- Handbooks, manuals, etc, and so on. Besides these, you can also find books in the SFU catalogue under the subjects Book covers , Book jackets and Layout (Printing).


Magazine design

 Search for books with the subjects Magazine design, Periodicals Format, or find a more specific heading from the list of subjects on Magazine design.


Catalogue design

Visual identity and branding

Some books with relevant subject headings are Branding (Marketing) and Logos (Symbols) -- Design, or you can also browse the different subjects related to Branding (Marketing) and Logos (Symbols).


Look for books by combining more than one subject heading, for example Publishers and publishing AND Marketing, or Logos (Symbols) AND Graphic Arts.

Useful links


Book arts / bookbinding

Design resources

Several resources and magazines on print and online design are listed in the Design resources & magazines section of our Publishing information resources: Additional resources page.

Find more magazines on design at the Library by searching under the Subject Headings
Design -- Periodicals
Graphic Arts -- Periodicals
Commercial art -- Periodicals  


Design awards