Comp It Up: A Studio Skills Foundation

  • AUTHORS: Rose Gonnella; Christopher J. Navetta
  • ISBN-13: 9781428322356 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 304 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2011     Published
  • Prices are valid only in the respective region


About The Product

COMP IT UP is a one of kind practical and functional guide for students learning to produce professional-level comprehensive mockups and portfolio presentations in graphic design. This text not only covers a wide range of materials and techniques needed to produce these mockups, but it also promotes creative inspiration with hundreds of images and examples. Readers will also find dozens of step by step visuals to help them in learning how to work out more difficult techniques. Exploring both traditional print and new media applications, Comp It Up is adaptable to a variety of graphic design and advertising design applications. Using this text, students will not only learn the skills they need to build comprehensive mockups, but they will also gain the knowledge and confidence needed to present them professionally.


  • Heavily illustrated, this text clearly shows students how to create a comp with hundreds of creative examples and concise step by step instructions.
  • Each chapter contains an "Exercise Knowledge Gained" section that allows students to work in class or on their own to interpret and put to use what they have learned in each chapter.
  • Included throughout the text are lists of basic industry standards for paper, printing, standard formats for folding, envelopes and folders, binding and packaging.
  • Features helpful design tips and warnings to readers through several different boxed elements throughout the book.
  • Explores portfolio presentation techniques necessary for launching a career or reentering the job market and essential for gaining a competitive edge.

About the Contributor

  • Rose Gonnella

    Rose Gonnella is currently a twenty-five year experienced professor in the Visual Communications Program of the Department of Design at Kean University in New Jersey. She teaches courses in design theory, studio skills and computer technology and has also developed the school's web design curriculum. She currently serves on the executive board of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey (ADCNJ) and as the Director of the Kean University/ADCNJ "Thinking Creatively" design conference. Ms. Gonnella is an educator, artist, designer and writer who has been awarded membership in two scholarly academic organizations, the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society in 1980 and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society in 2001. She has received grants from the Mid-America Arts Alliance International Residency Project, the Mid-Atlantic Residency Grant Project and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship. She has also received several awards from Kean University, including the Presidential Award for Distinguished Research/Creative Work, the Computers in Curriculum Released Time Award, the Alumni Association Grant and the Faculty-Student Research Award. Ms. Gonnella is a practicing artist and designer who has exhibited both nationally and internationally for fifteen years. Her drawings are included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Art and Archaeology in Columbia, Missouri and other public and private collections. Her design work primarily revolves around Kean University's intellectual journal, the Kean Review, for which she is the Creative Director. Ms. Gonnella is also the author and co-author of several books and has written many magazine articles on creativity, art and architecture for several national publications. In addition, Ms. Gonella has written over two hundred and fifty articles on art, design and architecture for two newspapers in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

  • Christopher J. Navetta

    Christopher J. Navetta is currently professor of design at Kean University in New Jersey and has taught courses in Digital Prepress, Promotional Design and Studio Skills. He is currently the Vice President of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey (ADCNJ). Mr. Navetta has been a professional freelance graphic designer for over fifteen years and boasts an eclectic group of clients and employers, from large nationally known corporations to small businesses and individual customers. This has provided Mr. Navetta with a unique sampling of the multifarious facets of design. Mr. Navetta continues to do freelance work, was a designer for the 2005 ADCNJ Awards Show and Exhibition and is involved with the Kean University/ADCNJ "Thinking Creatively" annual design conference. Mr. Navetta earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Communications/Graphic Design from Kean University and, while in school, was awarded two ADCNJ scholarships for design and a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society writing scholarship.

Table of Contents

1. Tools.
2. Materials/Paper.
3. Basic Hand Craft Techniques.
4. Digital Tools.
5. Folding Formats.
6. Envelopes and Folders.
7. Binding.
8. Packaging.
9. Specialty Printing and Postpress Effects.
10. Portfolio Presentations.