Tips & Tricks: Improving legibility of text on images

Tips & Tricks: Improving legibility of text on images

One of the fundamental things you can do either as a designer, or someone creating your own materials, is to understand how to get the best out of combining texts and images. When you overlay text onto a photo different areas of light and dark can reduce legibility. So we asked Amy, one of our Design Managers, […]

Book design for self-publishing authors

Book design for self-publishing authors

What is book design like when you choose to self-publish your work? Mathias Lord of Hewer Text fills us in. Book design is something readers appreciate but usually don’t notice. However, if you are a self-publisher, it is crucial to know about book design. What is it, and what are the main differences between book […]

Tips for using Photoshop at work: Beate Allerton interview

Tips for using Photoshop at work: Beate Allerton interview

Ahead of the upcoming training course Photoshop for publishers, BookMachine are running a series of interviews with industry professionals to understand how they use the tool at work. This interview by Katie Dodson is with Beate Allerton, who runs a writing and creative business in Aberdeenshire. 1) How frequently do you use Photoshop and when […]

Tips for using InDesign and Photoshop at work: Adam Brightman interview

Tips for using InDesign and Photoshop at work: Adam Brightman interview

Ahead of the upcoming training courses InDesign and Photoshop for publishers, BookMachine are running a series of interviews with industry professionals to understand how they use the tools at work. The following interview by Katie Dodson is with Adam Brightman, Senior Designer at emcdesign. Since 2010, Adam has worked on some of the most complex […]

Tips for using InDesign and Photoshop at work: Michael Goldrei interview

Tips for using InDesign and Photoshop at work: Michael Goldrei interview

Ahead of the upcoming training courses InDesign and Photoshop for publishers, BookMachine are running a series of interviews with industry professionals to understand how they use the tools at work. The following interview by Katie Dodson is with Michael Goldrei, graphic designer, photographer & illustrator who works for Macmillan Education as a Managing Designer. 1) […]

Tips for using InDesign and Photoshop at work: Vladimir Verano interview

Tips for using InDesign and Photoshop at work: Vladimir Verano interview

Ahead of the upcoming training courses InDesign and Photoshop for publishers, BookMachine are running a series of interviews with industry professionals to understand how they use the tools at work. The following interview by Katie Dodson is with Vladimir Verano, Production Manager and lead Designer at Third Place Publishing. 1) How frequently do you use […]

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 […]

British Book Design and Production Awards Winners

British Book Design and Production Awards Winners

The British Book Design and Production Awards were held on 10 November at the dazzling Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, central London. Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE was the host for the evening – best known in households across the country for her children’s programmes such as ‘Playschool’ and ‘CBeebies’ Bedtime Stories’. In 2013 Floella […]

Marketing vs Design: Photo/Twitter blog

Marketing vs Design: Photo/Twitter blog

If you work in book marketing, your focus is on running campaigns to sell more books. If you are a designer you know that no one will read a blurb, or download a sample without eye-catching covers and advertising material. So which matters more? BookMachine teamed up with emc design for our event on Wednesday to […]

Marketing vs Design: Mark Ecob interview

Marketing vs Design: Mark Ecob interview

Mark Ecob is Creative Director of cover design company Mecob Design Ltd, Associate Art Director at Unbound, and is speaking at our next event: ‘Marketing vs Design, which matters more?’. Prior to setting up Mecob, Mark worked at Hodder & Stoughton, The Orion Publishing Group and as Art Director for Canongate Books. 1) When did you first […]