Production Services

For assistance with creating your communication materials please complete the appropriate project request form on the right. After submitting your form, a Communications Department staff person will be in contact with you to discuss your project further.

As you plan your project please consider the cost and time required for completion. Your department is responsible for submitting translation requests; any costs related to printing, mailing or supplies; and, depending on the project, some aspects of production and distribution of your communication.

The following documents outline MMSD guidelines on the communication production process:

  • MMSD Communications Production Process (Printable PDF)
  • MMSD Media and Print Publication Rubric (Printable PDF)
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    Standard Production Times

    Reorder: Reorder of business cards, brochures, T-shirts, etc. (2-4 business days prior to being sent to a printer or vendor)
    Professional services: Photo or graphic search, minor copyediting or proofreading, repair of a broken website link or correct errors or remove outdated information online. (4-5 business days)
    Minor update: Update copy, proofread, and reprint an existing brochure, announcement, letter, or other small publication from information provided. No new writing or design, but may include swapping in newer photography. (10 working days prior to being sent to a printer or vendor)
    New request in existing series: New newsletter, letter, e-newsletter, news release. This assumes new content and a similar design, with staff direction, writing, editing, photography, and production. (4-6 weeks before being sent to a printer or vendor or distributed online for e-newsletters and news releases)
    Major revisions: Moderate rewriting, restructuring, and redesigning of an existing piece, but retaining its basic purpose, audience, voice, and look. (1-2 months prior to being sent to a printer or vendor)
    New content and complete redesign: Major rewriting, editing, restructuring, and redesign to a piece that retains its basic audience and purpose, but which may look and feel substantially different than its predecessor. (2-3 months prior to being sent to a printer or vendor)
    Media change: Moving a project from print to email or web distribution, or vice versa. (2-3 months prior to being sent to a printer or vendor or going live online)
    New major project: Extensive conceptualizing, writing, editing, design, photography and/or media production or website; may be produced in house, contracted, or a combination thereof. (4-9 months prior to being sent to a printer or vendor or going live online)