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fact file1.7 Planning Effectively


Before you start

Read and understand the brief
When you are given a project brief, read it through carefully from beginning to end. Make sure that you fully
understand what you are being asked to do before you make a start on any tasks. Having an overview will make
your planning more effective.

Make notes
As you read, make a note of all the tasks that you are set.

Brainstorm your first thoughts about the assignment brief with other students if possible, and then use concept
mapping software to help you visualize, organise and extend your own ideas. Alternatively, you could instead use ReadyShapes in Serif PagePlus or AutoShapes in Microsoft Word to map out or storyboard your ideas. You could use online mapping tools such as Popplet or

Project CycleThe project itself

Draw up a project plan
The project brief will set you specific tasks that
have to be accomplished in a set amount of time. You will have to produce a plan of your timescales for completing the work, just as you would for a client.

Research your content. Gather ideas from a range of publications for different readerships. Review at least three, choosing one or two that are similar to the one you plan to design. Collect or create from scratch the graphic sources and text and that you plan to use. Sketch out your initial designs.

Design the document
Start the DTP design tasks. Try to keep to your timescales and refer back to the original brief and to your project time plan frequently.

Review or test your work
When you think you've finished a subtask, show your work to others and ask them for constructive feedback – what do they think is good about it and how could it be improved? If possible find one or two people who match the target audience for the publication. You should also get feedback from your teacher at milestone checkpoints when you finish each main task for the assignment.

(Re)design your work
Listen to feedback, especially from your teachers. Go back to the design stage to make any necessary modifications and make any changes to the publication that you think will improve it.

Proof your publication
When you are satisfied that your publication is ready to go, use the tools in Serif PagePlus to check your document one last time for spelling and grammar mistakes that you may have missed and print a proof copy to make sure that it looks just like it does on the computer screen.

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