Photos your designer doesn’t want you to send them

Photos your designer doesn’t want you to send them

Here designer Annette Peppis shares tips on how to supply designers with good pictures.  I have lost count of the amount of times I am asked by a client to design a high-end publication or a book cover – only to be supplied with sub-standard pictures. Often, the type of images you need are not readily available […]

When book covers get it wrong

When book covers get it wrong

Kate Ellis is a freelance editor and runs Ellis Editorial, specialising in commercial crime, thriller and women’s fiction. She is also an editorial mentor for the WoMentoring Project. We’ve all heard (and have probably ourselves said) the famous saying: don’t judge a book by its cover. I’m holding my hands up and hanging my head […]

Art Director [JOB POSTING]

Art Director [JOB POSTING]

Quintet Publishing, part of The Quarto Group, is looking for an Art Director to join their busy team based in central Brighton from January 2018. The Quarto Group is the leading global illustrated book publisher; our mission is to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of our readers. Quintet creates non-fiction books across subject areas […]

A guide on book title punctuation

A guide on book title punctuation

For the trained eyes, there is nothing more annoying than looking at a book which is just one letter away from perfect. It is possible that you have made a capital mistake when not checking the rules of capitalization before publishing. It can be a tricky business, but nothing you cannot master by following a set of […]

Concept, Creation & Marketing – why we all need a good brief [EVENT NOTES]

Concept, Creation & Marketing – why we all need a good brief [EVENT NOTES]

It’s ironic that an event all about a good quality design brief started with me totally failing to pay attention to my own brief for the evening: after a long Tube journey, I rocked up at The Library, ready for BookMachine fun, only to discover everyone else had gone to The Driver at King’s Cross. […]

Leading design agency shares their secrets to reducing costs in new White Paper

Leading design agency shares their secrets to reducing costs in new White Paper

This week EMC Design launched a White Paper: “Managing your design processes within publishing and how to save costs”, written by the company’s founder, Mike Cryer. The paper has been created to shed light on the design process and help publishing professionals better understand how to work with freelancers, the information they need and how […]

A whiter shade of paper

A whiter shade of paper

How do you print white? In some complex cases a white ink is used on top of a foil or acetate but on the vast majority of our print jobs to get white you simply don’t print any ink. There are many shades of white… The whiteness of the paper we print on can vary […]

What happens when a brief goes to design?

What happens when a brief goes to design?

If a good brief is the foundation of successful publishing, then how can you make sure you get it right? On 18th October, a group of publishing professionals will meet in London to discuss just that. As we prepare for the event, we have been digging deep behind the scenes at emc design (the UK’s […]

Taking stock

Taking stock

There is a lot of misunderstanding of what “stock photography” actually means and the phrase is often used to imply negative associations; in fact, whether we’re looking at digital or print design, we believe both custom images and stock photography have roles to play.  We’ve recently come across a few clients who say they’ve heard that […]