A professional graphic design studio on campus

We provide high quality graphic design services to the entire university community: UAF, the UA system and its branches and campuses, any person or department with a valid UA system account or agency number, and even some State of Alaska agencies and departments. We can also do work for non-university clients at a special hourly rate.

Rasmuson Library Graphics

Office:
Rasmuson Room 510
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Shipping & mailing:
310 Tanana Drive
PO Box 756800
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6800

Phone & e-mail:
907-474-6345 voice
907-474-6841 fax
djjones@alaska.edu

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., sometimes working remotely.
Often online beyond these hours.


Frequently asked questions about our services

How do I get started on my design project?

Simply call 474-6345 or e-mail djjones@alaska.edu for a free consultation.

Tell us what you have in mind, your deadline for finishing the project, any budget constraints...feel free to brainstorm a little!

We can explain what will be needed, and give you an estimate of the time and cost of your design project.

How much does it cost?

Graphic design services in FY17 (the fiscal year starting July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017) are charged at the following rates:

  • $70 per hour for UA-affiliated clients
  • $105 per hour for non-UA-affiliated clients

The rate may vary slightly from fiscal year to fiscal year.

Rasmuson Library Graphics is a UAF time and materials center. That means the revenue generated by the service contributes to the cost of operating the service.

How do I pay for this service?

The easiest way to pay for graphic design services is to provide a UA System account number: 6-digit fund number, 5-digit org number, and (if you wish) the 4-digit account number.

Some departments and agencies can provide an "agency number." Check with your fiscal officer if you aren't sure if you have an agency number.

In both cases, the charge is JV'd by the Rasmuson Library to your account. 

We also accept cash, checks, Visa, and MasterCard.

The payment method must be arranged when the job is submitted to the Graphics Unit. This means that, to charge work to a UA account number or agency number, that number is required for the job to be accepted.

For each graphics job, a PDF copy of the invoice will be emailed to you once a month and/or when the project is completed. JV charges are typically entered in Banner at the end of each month.

How does the design process work?

Typically, the designer and the client meet to discuss the project. Meetings may be scheduled as the project proceeds, but in most cases only email and phone contact will be needed.

The designer will typically email the client PDF drafts/proofs of the work in progress.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

All changes and corrections to PDF drafts and proofs MUST be made as annotations to the PDF files. We no longer accept handwritten corrections on paper copies.

If you do not know how to make an annotation to a PDF file, please contact us and we will gladly provide a brief tutorial session at your own computer. Making PDF annotations requires the software Adobe Acrobat Pro, which is available free to UAF affiliates from the OIT Key Server.

Draconian as this requirement may seem, it actually streamlines the typical iterative design process of proof-correction-proof-correction-proof. It prevents us from making typing errors, since we can copy changed or corrected text directly from your annotations. And it allows both parties to work on documents irrespective of location---no more running across campus to slip sheafs of paper under someone's door, for instance.

When the client decides that the project is complete, we prepare the appropriate files for final output by a print vendor or publisher. Almost all such files can be sent electronically, but we also provide files on CD, DVD or other media if needed.

Who does the actual printing?

We typically prepare files that will be printed in volume by offset press or digital reproduction services.

For some jobs requiring printing on BIG sheets of paper, we frequently collaborate with our colleagues two floors down in Rasmuson Library's Digital Photographic Services, 474-6344.

Some large-volume printing projects must go through a bid process, and might wind up being printed anywhere in the world. We make sure that your project is prepared to the print vendor's specifications, no matter where the company is located. We work with all local print vendors and have provided files to the major printers in Anchorage, as well as many online vendors.

For print ads in newspapers and magazines, we research the requirements and set up your ad exactly the way the publication wants it.

Do you do web design?

Sorry, we don't create or maintain web pages or sites.

However, Rasmuson Library Graphics CAN prepare graphics for web pages: banners, buttons, logos, and photos, in all standard web graphic formats. Call 474-6345 or e-mail djjones@alaska.edu to find out more.

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