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Rosamund Saunders is a lifelong book designer. London-based, she began her publishing career with HarperCollins and moved on to work freelance, specialising in illustrated non-fiction books. She has designed food, crafts and lifestyle books for the co-editions market and art-directed photography for cookery, health and fitness titles. Find out more at https://rosamundsaunders.co.uk.

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Experienced designer

With freelancers playing an ever more important role in the publishing industry, we all have decisions to make regarding the level of experience we require – and the amount of our budgets we’re willing to spend. In this double-header, freelance designer Annette Peppis and Publishing/Editorial Assistant Percie Edgeler share their insights into how to make the best choice for each project.

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The British Printing Industries Federation, Oxford Brookes University, The Publishers Association, The Bookseller and BookMachine are calling for entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2018. These are the only industry awards to promote and celebrate the excellence and craftsmanship of the British book design and production industry.

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Cities, Manholes and Typography

What You Need to Know About Variable Fonts

This is an Interview with Tim Brown and Bram Stein of Adobe Typekit with Ulrik Hogrebe. Ulrik designs stuff at frog design, CIID alumni and former CD for BBC News and The World Service. Also designs type, slowly. You can read the original interview here. (via our friends at at TypeThursday).

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Junior Designer

Junior Designer [JOB POSTING]

Job Title: Junior Designer
Job Location: London, UK

  • Do you have a passion for good design and a meticulous eye for detail?
  • Do you have never-ending ideas and a host of design solutions up your sleeve?
  • Are you as comfortable designing eye-catching social media content as well as book design?

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Successful book design

A recipe for successful book design

Nada Backovic is an award-winning book designer, graphic designer and illustrator with more than 20 years’ experience working with major publishers and self-publishers in Australia and the UK. Find out more about Nada and her work at www.nadabackovic.com.

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I’m a book designer. When I introduce myself as such people often ask if I’m an illustrator. Some book designers are skilled illustrators, but, the focus in my work tends to be more concerned with type and layout.

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There are many sources offering practical advice to graphic designers but there is more to good design than knowledge and technical skills. Masterful grid and finest type hierarchy can’t bring a book to life on their own. So where does that element of “magic” in design come from? Here are some my observations that I have made when designing, reading, collecting and making books.

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the colour of a book

Karen Haller has over 20 years of experience studying and working with colour. Karen is regularly asked to comment on colour stories in local and national magazines, newspapers, radio and TV. She is a contributing author of the leading industry book Colour Design: Theories and Applications on Colour in Interiors. She is currently writing her first book. 

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Flat Design

Suzanne Kavanagh is a strategic market specialist and programme curator working with BookMachine Works and the BookMachine community. She worked with Sophie O’Rourke, our Editorial Board member to curate the BookMachine Unplugged: Talking Design event.

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Cities, Manholes and Typography

This is an original interview by our friends at TypeThursday. Nikki Villagomez is a self-professed type geek and urban explorer cataloging urban typography and lettering she finds in cities across America. Ulrik Hogrebe talks to her about her favourite discoveries, the taming of the urban aesthetic and of course, manhole covers. You can read the original interview here.

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Experienced designer

How to choose colours that match

This is a guest post by Annette Peppis. Annette leads a virtual team at Annette Peppis & Associates, a creative hub of established publishing industry experts who create books, branding, marketing material and design templates for leading publishers, business start-ups and SMEs. Keep in touch with her by subscribing to her bi-monthly emails and receive your free Font Quiz.

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Junior Designer

Quintet Publishing, part of The Quarto Group, is looking for a Junior Designer to join our busy team based in Brighton.

The Quarto Group is the world’s leading independent publisher of illustrated books; our mission is to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of readers. Quintet creates non-fiction books across subject areas ranging from creative technology and activity, to travel and design. Our titles maintain the highest editorial, design and production standards, and we work with co-edition publishing partners worldwide.

We are looking to appoint a creative and proactive Junior Designer as part of our in-house team. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about illustrated publishing and possess excellent InDesign skills. Bursting with ideas, you’ll be keen to make your mark on our successful and diverse list.

Assisting the Art Director with the creation of 50 live books and 80 new presentations annually, a key part of the role is liaising with freelancers and working closely with the editorial team. This varied role could see you creating PDFs for a sales presentation in the morning, conceptualising a cover design by lunchtime and preparing print-ready files in the afternoon.

Requirements:
• Good organisation and time-management skills
• Strong interest in illustrated non-fiction publishing
• Meticulous attention to detail
• Excellent knowledge of InDesign, Acrobat and Photoshop is essential, Illustrator would be a benefit
• Creative and keen to learn

To apply for this position please send your CV and cover letter to: james.evans@quarto.com

(Deadline for applications: Friday 2nd February 2018)

The successful candidate must possess the right to work in the UK. Quarto Publishing plc. is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and treatment, ensuring an inclusive and diverse environment.

Of course the cover is important – you don’t need me to tell you that, but I think the internal pages of a book are just as important. In this blog I’m going to advise about the internal design of books. There are plenty of designers, far better than me, who can advise on good cover design.

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