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 […]

Startup snapshot: Bookcoverpedia

Startup snapshot: Bookcoverpedia

Alexander von Ness is a book cover designer with over 20 years of professional experience in graphic design, including over a decade as Art Director in a branding agency. In the past few years his main area of focus is book cover design. His website Nessgraphica is among the top trusted sites for book cover design […]

Interview with expert book cover designer Tamian Wood

Interview with expert book cover designer Tamian Wood

This is a guest interview with Tamian Wood. “Whether you are a self published author, or a New York Times best selling author, your book cover art should grab your reader and tell them, in an instant, “Take me home! I am just what you need!”” Here Tamian talks about her work, and experience creating […]

Origins of the interactive book

Origins of the interactive book

Digital formats provide a wealth of opportunity to experiment with, and push the boundaries of, the traditional book. With much focus on what this can do to engage children in reading, here Jana Sukenikova takes a look at the origins of the interactive children’s book and why she used monsters as the topic of her most recent […]

Typographic trends: Discover which fonts creatives love, and hate…

Typographic trends: Discover which fonts creatives love, and hate…

“I love fonts!” We hear it all the time. It’s common for creative professionals to obsess over their tools, and fonts are critical to any project that includes text. At Extensis, we are font nerds ourselves, and I wear mine with a badge of honor. Having worked with creative professionals for over 14 years, I love […]

4 steps for building an author brand

4 steps for building an author brand

This is a guest post from Ricardo Fayet. Ricardo is an avid reader and startup enthusiast who has been studying the publishing industry with interest for several years. He co-founded Reedsy, to help authors collaborate with publishing professionals. Branding is often an oversight for many authors. With so much else to focus on, creating a […]

Learning from Snapshots III: 8 typesetting tips for beginners

Learning from Snapshots III: 8 typesetting tips for beginners

BookMachine have been busy with the next blook in the Snapshots series, Snapshots III, BookMachine on Publishing: The Next 5 Years. For the third year in a row, we’ve teamed up with Kingston University Press who have appointed a production team of students from Kingston’s Publishing MA course to design, typeset and proofread a selection of our best posts. Here […]