WHAT WE DO
The publications office strives for quality service in design and production of MSU promotional materials. The office produces a variety of publications each year, including brochures, posters, newsletters, flyers, postcards, advertisements and much, much more.
We want to ensure that your publication is accurate, well-written and well-designed. We can provide all the services required to produce a publication in one stop. Our design services are free. The only costs a client is expected to pay are for printing and shipping.
- Need help planning apublication within a certain budget? Call us.
- Need photos for your publication? Our photographers are the best.
- Need a new design for your publication? Our designers are at your service.
- Writing? Editing? Proofreading? That's what our editors do.
- Production coordination with an outside printer? It's all right here.
Many of the major image publications of the university are are produced by the Public Affairs publications group. The publications group offers its services to university schools, departments, and offices who need assistance.
Our staff is available to help assess publication and promotional needs, and to contact commercial printers to obtain estimates and prices. We also can help you find licensed vendors to produce specialty items such as t-shirts and writing pens. We can help in scheduling your publications to ensure prompt production.
HOW TO START
Contact publications manager
Harriet Laird to begin.
WHAT WE NEED
Submit the text for your publication on a DVD, CD, disk, jump drive, or as an e-mail attachment. We can accommodate manuscripts prepared using most word processing applications in both PC and MAC formats. It is best to avoid using italic, boldface, centering, or underlining in this document. In fact, there is no need to format your text at all. Our editors and designers will format it while preparing it for publication.
Also let us know your budget. Our designers are adept at working within the constraints of a budget.
PAPERWORK AND PROOFS
You will be able to correct errors or make changes in your publication before it is sent to the printer. You can also request a hard copy proof for approval. However, changes at this stage can result in extra charges for your publication. Normally, your publication will be printed by the printer that submits the lowest quote, based on specifications provided.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST
There is no charge for editorial or design services. Billing for printing is sent directly from our office to your office, college, or school.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
Each publication is tailor-made to serve your specific area of the campus community. Therefore, allow ample time for the many production steps in order to minimize chances of error and ensure quality design.
Our office also can help you in matters involving the university symbols. We can provide electronic versions of these symbols. For correct usage of these symbols, take a look at our Visual Identity Manual.
WHY DO I NEED HELP DESIGNING?
Graphic design is crucial to the success of your publication. It can attract attention and help focus readers on the publication's message. Your message is competing with countless other written communications for the reader’s attention. No matter how important your message, it may not be received if your publication is not packaged effectively. The publications group takes pride in professionally designed publications, which not only have won awards in national competitions, but also the praise of campus clients and their constituents.
WHY DO I NEED HELP EDITING?
Editors not only perform copy editing, they also review a publication for structure and organization. Good editing organizes the written material for unity, coherence, and emphasis. Our editors have vast experience in explaining what is important about Mississippi State University. They know what areas should be emphasized in a particular publication and have the most up-to-date facts and figures at their fingertips.
WHAT IF I NEED PHOTOGRAPHS?
Contact photographic services for questions and information regarding your photography needs. The three photographers are
Megan Bean, and
Beth Newman Wynn. They can be reached by calling 325-3442.