Designer guest speaker: Ness Wood

Ness Wood, award-winning book designer, came to speak to our class today.  I wish I could have turned into a sponge to absorb everything she had to say. Ness Wood works with editors and illustrators, matching them up and making sure everything is working – it’s a collaborative process.  She works with both artwork (getting…

Designing a cover – part one

This week in class was all about getting the basics right: setting up a cover grid in InDesign. We had to consider bleeds, turnarounds, adding a slug for the fold marks. Before starting on a cover, you need to know the number of pages to determine the spine width.  And it’s good to keep in…

Working with type

This week in our design module: learning all about type. First things first, white space is important. Don’t be afraid to use it. We spent some time looking at type and identifying what it evoked for us. Type can have different uses. Type doesn’t always need to shout , it can become an image, or you can put…

Working with images

We learned all about images today and working with imagery. If you want to search for images, check out the Picture Research Libraries and  illustration agencies lists compiled by Becky Chilcott. Images have different licensing, e.g. Rights Managed; Royalty Free; Microstock. You can find out about it in more detail here with BAPLA. We learned about two very important basics…