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Getting into Book Design

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Lust and envy, straight off the shelf

Oh lord, hold me back, one of my favourite blogs (It’s Nice That) has featured one of my favourite publishers (Visual Editions) and I’m out of control with both lust and envy. Is that safe? It it even legal? Who cares, I’m feelin’ it.

Read about five books on the shelf of the Visual Editions team and snoop around the rest of It’s Nice That’s Bookshelf blogs where they ask other creatives to tell us what’s on their shelf.

– Kristen

BBC4: The Beauty of Books, featuring David Pearson

Last night BBC4 aired The Beauty of Books, an excellent programme about book cover design, made even more excellent by the appearance of one very handsome and rather articulate David Pearson (I know, amazing!). David waxes lyrical on 20th century cover design along with John Gray, Stephen Bayley and David Pelham (designer of the iconic Penguin paperback edition of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, pictured here). It was a perfect half hour, though we could have maybe done without the images of Pearson‘s distribution center.

Watch it on iPlayer until 7th March: http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/z1z0d/

The Hare with the Amber Eyes and One Silky Soft Cover

Everyone is talking about Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with the Amber Eyes but in the multitude of press reviews not one single person has mentioned the cover lamination. This ain’t your normal lamination people. It’s super smooth. Like, I’m talking, super super smooth. Holding The Hare is like holding a naked newborn – soft, perfectly formed, tactile. And it’s no accident that the outside of this book is entirely complimentary to the inside. The book is a historical memoir following the journey of a collection of Japanese netsuke, themselves soft, perfectly formed, tactile. These small, joyful details remind us of value of really good production people. Hats off to the prod team at Random House – we salute you!

Moving On Up… in English, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Bengali and Turkish

Click to view these texts in our library

It’s not every day that we find ourselves producing a book in six languages but that, my friends, is what we are doing. Moving on Up: A Guide to Living in Your Own Home is a 96pp full-colour book for Eaves Housing. It’s aimed at women who are embarking on the challenge of living independently after having been trafficked in to the UK or having suffered other forms of abuse and/or violence.

Eaves wanted to make the book friendly, accessible and really easy to follow, so chief text designer Nicky Barneby created a lovely, bright design. After commissioning the translations, trusty typesetter Dennis laid out the Russian and Arabic versions. They each had their own challenges -not least the fact that Arabic reads with the spine on the right (the opposite to an English text) so the output of files for the printer had to be carefully managed. We also supplied the stock images and had the books printed here in the UK.

So the English, Russian and Arabic are all done and Urdu, Bengali and Turkish are in production. Contact us if you think we can help with your book projects. And for more info about Eaves see their website or search online to find a wealth of truly invaluable work they are doing.

London Book Fair 2010 here we come

artypeeps_troubadour_jonthan_perugia_rupert_jessopLast Wednesday (22 April) Artypeeps hosted a book design, illustration and photography exhibition at the Troubadour Gallery in Earls Court. This was a one-day event to coincide with the London Book Fair and it was the first exhibition by the Artypeeps collective.

The response from guests and visitors was overwhelmingly positive, with many people commenting on how refreshing it was to see the artistic side of book publishing gain more prominence.

We plan to repeat the exhibition next year but, in the meantime, stay tuned for details of the next Artypeeps event.

To view a full gallery of images see here: http://www.artypeeps.co.uk/events.html