The first major project that I completed for my job as a full time in-house designer at ICC Compliance Center was a GHS catalog for our new products line that helps businesses comply with the U.S Government’s recently adopted Globally Harmonized System for workplace labeling. This catalog encompasses a complete solution for compliance with the new workplace labeling laws in the US from SDS Services, training, and workplace audits to chemical labels, signs, posters, publications and more!
While I was planning, developing, designing, and laying out this catalog I developed styles for all catalogs that will be created moving forward. This was the first major catalog that was created since the rebranding of the company in 2010. Older catalogs were busy and cluttered with extraneous graphic information, since the rebrand we have successfully made better use of white space across all media, catalogs, sell sheets, website, digital media, and more.
below you can see key spreads and single pages from the catalog showing different layouts and elements used when designing the catalog.
Sample Publications Page showing a standard layout for how several products would look on a single page.
An informational spread showing the locations where the company does public training courses.
Another informational spread showing the differences between all of the old MSDS formats
along with the new updated universal SDS format.
Brief ChemplianceWeb feature explanation with feature table.
A flowchart and explanation of how the offline component of ChemplianceWeb works.
A standard layout, with the addition of a table that explains to the customer how to create a part code for the particular product that they want to purchase. This can be tricky some times because for each product there could be many more options than we can show in the catalog, so we use a combination of codes that refer to customizable options that we offer and options that the customer can pull from various regulations manuals depending on which chemicals or substances they are dealing with.
An example of how I solved the problem of showing products that are offered in many different languages and regulations.
One of several charts I built to show how you would use existing shipping labels to show you the proper symbols and give you the correct information to create workplace labels for repacked chemicals.
One of several pages of signage, they were originally all categorized by subject and sign type, they they were separated into manageable groups for individual pages and many, similar tables were made to display sign options for customers. This layout is also meant to protect proprietary information that our regulatory must create that we do not want competitors to copy from us.
A page of printer accessories, in this instance I decided to fade out the printer effectively highlighting the accessories. The printers are shown in full on the previous page in the spread, including a diagram of the inside of the printers that these accessories attach to.
Here we simply have a page crammed with information, i suppose a necessary evil when creating a catalog.
The back cover of the catalog containing all of the legal information and a space reserved for addresses so that the catalog can be tabbed and use as a self mailer.
Overall this was a huge learning experience, I learned a ton about the company I work for as this was my first project of much consequence across the company. I learned about how the company functions and about their new product development system. I was able to work with the production department, who design all of the products that are printed in our production facility in Mississauga, ON, as well as work independently to develop a large portion of the products that would not be printed in-house. Now, on to the 2013 Full Line Catalog.