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, […]

Typographic inspiration from Myfonts.com

Typographic inspiration from Myfonts.com

As a design agency always looking for new ways of being creative and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible within editorial design we’re constantly looking outside of our studio for inspiration. Myfonts.com to us isn’t just a place we go to to buy new fonts, it’s a wonderful resource of ideas, from matching typefaces to sparking off our creative […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Keeping it simple: 5 tips for designing beautiful book covers

Keeping it simple: 5 tips for designing beautiful book covers

Rachel Lawston is the founder of Lawston Design, and is freelance designer and illustrator for publishing and digital media. Rachel’s worked with the likes of Penguin Random House, Walker Books and Orchard Books. Here are her 5 tips for simple and creative cover design. 1) Read the book That way you can ensure you give an […]

Writing on the outside: Maximising the function of cover text

Writing on the outside: Maximising the function of cover text

While the author is best placed to write the cover content, it’s the designer’s job to maximise its effect. This collaboration works better when the author sees things from a design and marketing perspective. As a cover designer, I understand that what I’m creating isn’t necessarily a piece of art in itself but more an […]

10 tips for better book designs

10 tips for better book designs

This is a guest post from Thomas Bohm. Thomas studied graphic communication, and now works for book publishers and businesses, whilst running User design a graphic communication design, illustration and production service. Thomas writes, researches and occasionally publishes. He wrote Punctuation..? (2nd edition, User design, 2012) a fun and fully illustrated book on punctuation. Has […]