Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Looking back on this semester, it has been a boon learning Issues in Publication and Design. I am now able to appreciate and analyse a document, be it a static or multimodal (Walsh 2006) text.

Also, being from a multiracial country, where racial harmony is of utmost importance, I now possess the knowledge necessary to create documents that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but correct and appropriate from a cultural context (Halliday & Hasan 1985). This would ensure that the documents I create are well received across all segments of society.

I have also learned the importance of ethical publishing, for the publishers must take care to not offend their readers by publishing material that would prickle the public (Putnis & Petelin 1996).

With all this, I am now equipped with the basic know-how of document design, and I can only look forward to learning more in the coming semesters. Goodbye, IPD! You will be missed.

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Halliday, MAK & Hasan, R 1985, Language, context and text: aspects of language in a social-semiotic perspective, Deakin University Press, Waurn Ponds, Victoria.

Putnis, P & Petelin, R 1996, Professional communication: principles and applications, Prentice Hall, Sydney.

Walsh, M 2006, 'The textual shift: examining the reading process with print, visual, and multimodal texts', Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, vol. 29. no. 1, pp. 24-37.

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