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Michael Sankey and Sian Carlyon discuss the graphics production facilities at USQ

Michael:
I’m joined today by Sian Carlyon a senior graphic designer in the Creative Media Services here at USQ. Sian has been working in graphic design for many years now but both in supporting in the academic side of things and the marketing side of things but today we are talking more about the academic program. Sian what types of work do you do to support the academic program here at USQ?

Sian:
Ok, with academics we support them with a variety of diagrams, animations those sorts of things, we work in conjunction with the multimedia section. We also work along side the LRDO’s the Learning Resource Development Officers who put together the materials that go out to the students so they insert the diagrams. So we will take a concept from a lecturer and endeavor to actually make it a bit clearer for the students.

Michael:
So you need the lecturer to be pretty clear about what they want too, don’t you?

Sian:
Yes but we can also value add as well. Some lecturers come in and they have a specific idea and we might sort of go...well maybe that idea can sort of be expanded on or we can actually do something slightly different that communicates the idea a little bit better.

Michael:
So a lecturer might come along and they have got something they have taken out of a magazine or another piece of material, and they’re saying look can I use this, now for Copyright reasons I can’t, but what kind of thing could you do to actually help them in this particular situation?

Sian:
Well in some cases we might actually cartoon it. We can cartoon things, we can change... there is that 10% rule that I don’t think actually applies anymore with the Copyright but we can take the original concept behind the image or the diagram or whatever the lecturer has and then re-work it.

Michael:
Now what role does the USQ brand have in this? I mean, the University has a brand but does this apply to course materials and things as well?

Sian:
With the brand, we endeavor to extend the brand across all the materials we produce. Whether it be for the academic side of things or whether it be for the marketing side, now marketing side certainly has brand templates and we develop those for people. We also extend the brand with other sorts of imagery. With the course materials it’s probably not as crucial to have it necessarily, exactly, corporate. But we give everything a unified flavour.

Michael:
It leads with consistency, doesn’t it? Across the whole offering.

Sian:
Yeah, exactly.

Michael:
If somebody wanted something done, how would they get you to do it?

Sian:
Ok for academic sides of things we also do PHD diagrams and those sorts of things as well for people. If a lecturer wants to have something done for their PHD or for a course they can either come to us directly or they can actually come through the LRDO’s and the LITE teams as well. Certainly for diagrams and things that go into course materials. Really they should come to through the LITE team.

Michael:
That’s great, thankyou very much.

Sian:
Lovely thankyou.