Category Archives: Our Work

Artypeeps have a new Facebook page

Ahoy peeps! Those of you in the Artypeeps Facebook network will know that we have almost 900 Facebook friends all around the world. We want to get our network up into the thousands so we’ve now started a fan page. We’ll be profiling some of our favourite designers, illustrators, artists and other wonderful creatives on this new page. We’ll also be handpicking fans of our page to profile their work so we need to see lots of talented peeps liking the page!

Visit the new Artypeeps Fan Page, click ‘LIKE’ and then spread the word to all your friends. Thanks!


Author Website: Jasmine Richards

We are thrilled to be working with debut children’s author Jasmine Richards on her new website. The site – will be up and running in the next couple of months, in time for the release of Jasmine’s first novel, The Book of Wonders. Here’s a sneak peak:

Pathways by Nicholas Rudd-Jones and David Stewart

Pathways: Journeys along Britain’s history byways, from pilgrimage routes to smuggler’s trails is another meaty project for Guardian Books. Artypeeps managed the production and proofreading from manuscript to final files while the design and layout was done by Two Associates and the excellent maps are by Darren Bennett. This was a big book with full colour integrated images throughout and various components in the text design that needed careful attention. Lots of hard work but a really fabulous job done by everyone involved (not least the authors!). You can get hold of it from Guardian Books.

Cyclebabble: Bloggers on Biking by Guardian Books

cyclebabble guardian books james randerson peter walkerCyclebabble is out now – get on yer bikes, peeps. We managed the typesetting/layout and proofread this one for Guardian Books and can therefore say with a little bit of authority (just a little bit) that it’s a groovy read and well worth the measly £5.99 asking price. Happy peddling!

Buy now from Guardian Books…

CILIP Postcards and Posters

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals asked us to produce an eye-catching A6 postcard and A3 poster to promote their careers campaign. This was just around the time that David McCandless published his book Information is Beautiful so that inspired the copy:

Some say information is beautiful
Some say information is power
We say information is the future
Your future

We coupled this with a groovy spiral design by Jim Smith and produced both poster and postcard in colour and black and white. We’re pretty happy with it – hope the kids like it!

Revamping Guardian Style

Guardian StyleWe have been really lucky to have the opportunity to revamp the text design of the Guardian Style book. Our challenge was to modernise the design, make it clean and accessible, hit the target page extent and ensure the book is typeset, proofread and ready for printing by the deadline. It was hugely rewarding to work with David Marsh and Amelia Hodsdon, Production Editors at the Guardian and the keepers of the newspaper’s house style. We’re really pleased with the outcome. The project was overseen by Kristen Harrison, with Nicky Barneby doing the text design and David and Amelia in charge of editorial. The cover design is by O B Roberts and was commissioned separately.

Guardian University Guide 2011, edited by Kristen Harrison

Guardian University GuideThe Guardian University Guide is probably the most labour-intensive book we’ve produced to date. But, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Ain’t that how it goes?

This year we were in charge of the text while Two Associates designed the cover. Our task involved updating all of the core details – like university application submission dates, fees and statistics; coordinating the updates of over a hundred university profiles (which means dealing with each and every press office and tracking and recording their responses); updating the tables and statistics; sourcing hundreds of student and teacher quotations to accompany the text; marking up the manuscript; typesetting (thanks Nicky and Dennis) and doing a final proofread.  All of this was done in parallel with the team at Guardian Online (Alice Woolley and Katie Shimmon especially) who produce the online version, and with Matt Hiely-Rayner who provides the statistical information.

To add one further challenge, all this has to be done in a small window to ensure the book is up-to-date when it’s  published and this year the general election was held right in the middle of that window. I think we can probably withstand any level of editorial complexity after the experience.