Algonquin College Graphic Design Program Computer Graphics Course Curriculum Algonquin College Graphic Design Program Computer Graphics Course Curriculum

Travel Book Planning

Apps Used: Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign

Publication design demands planning. You'll inventory content, sketch page layouts, search stock photography and more. The more planning you do, the smoother the production stage will be. Approval will be required before you can move to production.

This is a formative assignment

That means that you'll be learning and practising new software skills. This assignment contributes to your final grade in the course. This work will be graded as either:

Complete Incomplete

If needed, I will provide written feedback on your performance.


Publication Format

The length and format of the publication is up to you. The one caveat is that you must use all of the provided text. You will source quality stock photography. You will also create vector illustrations to complement the aesthetics of the pages.

Formative Activity

Construction cannot go forward before all planning is complete. This is what you will produce.

Inventory Content

You must read all the provided text. Take an inventory of the structure of the text. Are there many levels of headings? Are bullet or number lists?

Design Planning

Style Guide

You will create a multi-part style guide to show your design direction. Note that this will be much more specific than a mood board. It will actually display each element of your design. The goal is for us to clearly and completely see your design direction.


Provide samples of photography to show consistency in style. You’ll want to pay attention to:


You will have at least one info-graphic taking up a minimum of a page or as much as a spread.

You should have other illustrations as page decorations. It might be more convenient to place them on master pages rather than having to position them individually on each page.

Type Specimen

The type specimen will communicate the typographic treatment in your work. It is not a page layout. It’s meant to show the font selection & hierarchy. That means it will include the various sizes, weights and colours.

Publication Format

The dimensions and binding type for your publication are important elements. For the dimensions, I suggest standard paper sizes. Build your 1/8” bleed and the amount of creep into your overall dimensions. Best to build a mock-up.

What you'll submit:


You're going to get approval on a paper mock-up of your publication. Use the approximate number of pages you plan to have. Test the binding you intend to use on the final product.

Print a tabloid sheet with photo treatments.

Print a sheet with your type hierarchy. T