Essential Training Courses from £50

Essential Training Courses from £50

After launching the Indesign and Photoshop courses last month, our inbox has been pinging with people asking us to make them more in-depth and more affordable. So that is what we have done. Join us at Faber Academy on 4th May (Photoshop) or 11th May (Indesign) for a presentation from Ken Jones – this time […]

How to write a design brief and why it’s important to get right

How to write a design brief and why it’s important to get right

One of the biggest aspects that can make or break a design project is the briefing process. The best design work comes when designers are confident, as with many walks of life. If designers are given great briefs, that they’re confident in understanding, then they can spend the full amount of time designing instead of querying what is meant by […]

Draw me a picture: Why books are becoming more visual

Draw me a picture: Why books are becoming more visual

When your satnav tells you your journey will take 58 minutes, are you one of those people who immediately things to themselves: ‘I bet I can bring it in in under 55.’? I’m increasingly seeing ‘estimated reading time’ on blogs and articles these days, and I find that has a similar effect. ‘Six minutes? Rubbish. […]

Best practices for managing font collections

Best practices for managing font collections

Design and publishing professionals juggle documents all day long. Ensuring that each and every document opens quickly and renders properly is critical to getting the job done. One missing or corrupt font can easily stall a project and result in missed deadlines. To help creative professionals keep their systems clean and running smoothly, we at […]

Remote control: Collaboration and proofing tools for design teams

Remote control: Collaboration and proofing tools for design teams

For many of the book publishers I work with the use of freelancers is an integral part of their workflow. Some companies offer their internal design and editorial staff the opportunity of working from home and use remote working on projects with colleagues based in other locations. It might not be for everyone, but working […]

Learn new publishing skills with BookMachine in 2017

Learn new publishing skills with BookMachine in 2017

After the huge success of Coding for publishers: half-day taster course (with Bibliocloud), BookMachine is back with more training for publishing professionals. Publishing software expert Ken Jones has years of experience gained training hundreds of creative, production and marketing staff at the UK’s largest and smallest book publishers. He has put together two hands-on training […]

Publishers Assemble: Christmas 2016 is the time to connect

Publishers Assemble: Christmas 2016 is the time to connect

Let’s face it, 2016 has been one heck of a year. We’ve had Brexit; Trump; the Zika virus; nuclear and missile tests from North Korea; terrorist attacks in Brussels, Lahore and Istanbul, to name a few; plane crashes; global CO2 levels exceeding 400ppm; plus that creepily increasing list of celebrity deaths – and scarily enough, […]

Trouble keeping your team’s fonts in sync?

Trouble keeping your team’s fonts in sync?

You’re not alone. You can learn how to effectively distribute fonts with a font server. Font issues can crop up in any workflow. Font problems can have real hard costs for creative agencies, publishers, media companies, manufacturers and more. We at Extensis work with thousands of creative teams across the globe, and have seen it […]

Once upon a time an editor, designer and publicist linked up… Why we started Bookollective

Once upon a time an editor, designer and publicist linked up… Why we started Bookollective

Esther Harris is an Editor and PR with Bookollective Writing for a living can be a lonely business – you spend your days in your own head, scribbling furtively behind your arm or into a laptop. Then, when you are finally finished and ready to present something to the world, you need to get out […]

Mind The Gap: Planning your InDesign pages using Margins and Columns

Mind The Gap: Planning your InDesign pages using Margins and Columns

This is an excerpt from Nigel French’s book ‘InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign’. These principles apply to all versions of InDesign and any page layout software. Determining Margins Margins often aren’t given enough consideration. It’s easy to fall back on even margins of half an inch, but in doing so you miss an […]