Category: Design

Design case study: illustrating The Dragon in the Library

It takes a village – or at least a team – to produce a book, and in this article, author Louie Stowell, Nosy Crow designer Elisabetta Barbazza and freelance illustrator Davide Ortu share insights into how an illustrated book comes to life.

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Don't Hold My Head Down

Cover design case study: Don’t Hold My Head Down

It’s a privilege to do what I do. I love having an idea and seeing it become a book cover. Every now and then, a design goes beyond the page and teaches you something about yourself. Don’t Hold My Head Down by Lucy-Anne Holmes, published by Unbound, did that for me.

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BookMachine launches brand spanking new event series: BookMachine Unplugged 2019

The popular event series is back, covering key industry topics – Production, Editorial, Tech, Marcomms, Audio and Design. This year there will be 6 Unplugged events, with 6 hosts, more than 18 confirmed speakers, 1 brand new venue and an awards ceremony.

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How to get the most out of commissioned images

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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the colour of a book

Judging a book by its colour: How colour psychology can help you build a successful brand

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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Experienced designer

Experienced designer or intern – which would you choose?

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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Flat Design

Flat design, the view from my sun lounger, and the power of colour: tools to revitalise publishing 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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Call for entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards

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

Cities, Manholes and Typography: Exploring Culture Through Letters

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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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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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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Production Assistant

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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