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…

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…

Introduction to design

First week of being taught design by Beck Chilcott! Exciting! Becky Chilcott is a freelance graphic designer with over ten years experience; she worked on Harry Potter, Jacqueline Wilson, with the Ministry of Stories… all fantastic stuff. And now we get to learn from her. Our first task was reading blurbs from Opal Pumstead by…

MUP podcast: MA students discussing publishing

Manchester University Press interviewed students on University of Central Lancashire’s MA Publishing course about their views on publishing in a four-part podcast. Tony Mason, senior commissioning editor, interviews Victoria McKay, Jasleen Kaur, Abi Baross, Megan Barker, Elsa Carron, and Hannah Blain. You can find the transcripts for the first two parts below: