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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Text Black, what it is and why you should no longer be using it

Text Black, what it is and why you should no longer be using it

Being Upfront As every good production controller knows the cost of a print run is upfront. For illustrated books in particular, a major investment of time and hard cash is needed to get artworks and photography done, edited content completed and layouts finalised, proofed and signed off. Only once the printing plates have been made and the […]

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 […]

Startup snapshot: Exact Editions

Startup snapshot: Exact Editions

Having spent the past decade turning complex consumer magazines into their precise digital doppelgangers, Exact Editions launched their new digital books service in May. Here we interviewed Adam Hodgkin, Chairman and Co-Founder of Exact Editions.  1) What exactly is Exact Editions? Exact Editions is a platform for publishing and licensing content on the web and through apps to […]

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 […]

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 […]