#SYP2020: Intellectual Property.

Originally posted on SYP Scotland:
Intellectual property is a tricky business in publishing, and 2020: A Publishing Odyssey looked to demystify the legal world by having representatives from both sides on hand: Mark Cruikshank of legal firm Brodies LLP, and Hugh Andrew of Birlinn. “Intellectual property is at the bedrock of what all publishers do.”…

CV and covering letter tips from HarperCollins’ Sam Missingham

Missed Sam Missingham‘s tips on covering letters and CVs? Catch up here! She tweeted some great advice about #CVLetterTips. Here are some of her top tips: SPELL CHECK, do your research on the company, tailor your covering letter to the job advert and mention the company’s achievements at least twice, say what’s unique about you…

Think GRIDS and SPACE

River = space between words – you don’t want big gaps, want enough space to read nicely GRIDS ARE building blocks  Hyphenation: FEWER IS BETTER Grids are the hidden architecture of page layouts GOOD TEXT DESIGN l e t   y o u r  t e x t   b  r  e  a   t  …

Designing with Becky Chilcott

Every week, we learn so much with Becky Chilcott, a freelance graphic designer who’s had over twelve years of experience in publishing. This Monday was a challenge as our MA class had to design a cover to a brief. The above covers are my attempts at creating an alternate cover for Pillars of Light by Jane Johnson, published by…

Guest speaker: Hazel Homes from Askews and Holts Library services

Hazel Holmes from Askews and Holts library services came to speak to the UCLan MA Publishing class on Monday. She talked about her perspective as a children’s book buyer and about the library market. It was an excellent chance to see what librarians are looking for and get Hazel’s advice on getting into publishing.

Designing interior layouts part one

When designing a layout in InDesign, a few things to keep in mind: tick Facing Pages but leave primary text frame ticked off set it up for Print choose the correct page dimensions set up a 5mm bleed use the A-master for guides, grids, folios, running heads, etc. Anything you want repeated on each page…

Design task: cover design

This week we matched fonts to 7 different images and then choose one to make a cover out of, without editing the image and just focusing on the typeface. We had to be careful to add all the correct elements, barcode, logo, retail price, etc. This is the one I chose and the cover I…

Designing a cover – part two

Always read briefs carefully before and after and make a checklist.  Keep to deadlines.  Practice, practice, practice.  Above, three things that can get you through any assignment. ***** When designing a cover, think about composition. Overlay grids like the Fibonacci spiral on your own art. Or see if it follows the rule of thirds. Looking at…