RIT Students Take Top Honors in International Publication Contest

Technical Association of the Graphic Arts student chapter wins best overall publication award

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RIT’s student chapter of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (known as TAGA) won the best overall publication award at the 2009 TAGA conference, an international competition held March 15-17 in New Orleans. RIT competed against universities from the United States and France. RIT also earned the Attendees Choice award that is selected by industry professionals.

RIT produced a technical journal on the premise of accessibility targeted for both graphic arts professionals and those unfamiliar with the industry. Graduate and undergraduate students wrote the content. Within the technical papers are highlighted terms that are defined and translated into German, French, Spanish and Chinese. The highlighted terms were then compiled into a glossary. In keeping with the accessibility theme, students also incorporated an International Standard Book Number, a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies books published internationally.

Students used the variable data printing process method to produce a customized page at the beginning of each of the 350 copies of the publication.

“This page changed throughout the 350 copies we had printed to indicate the copy number, and for select copies we also included a personalized message with a company logo,” says Alexander Mouganis, third-year graphic media student and secretary of RIT’s TAGA student chapter. “Typically a function like this can be created in a software program, however; members of our TAGA pre-media department took on the challenge of writing an open source JavaScript that would create the desired effect.”

RIT’s TAGA chapter is made up of students from RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences majoring in photography, graphic design, graphic media, new media publishing and visual media.

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