Category Archives: Design

Palace of books

My work as a consulting editor for Oxford University Press takes me occasionally to Oxford. When I’m there I like to visit Blackwell’s on Broad Street. In particular, I like to browse the shelves on the book trade. Logically, Heffers

Palace of books

My work as a consulting editor for Oxford University Press takes me occasionally to Oxford. When I’m there I like to visit Blackwell’s on Broad Street. In particular, I like to browse the shelves on the book trade. Logically, Heffers

On not reviewing Frania Hall’s ‘The Business of publishing’

I go to the university library in Cambridge. I ask the library staff to fetch a copy of The business of digital publishing by Frania Hall (Routledge, 2013). I take it home, put on my (recently acquired, perfectly adequate) reading

On not reviewing Frania Hall’s ‘The Business of publishing’

I go to the university library in Cambridge. I ask the library staff to fetch a copy of The business of digital publishing by Frania Hall (Routledge, 2013). I take it home, put on my (recently acquired, perfectly adequate) reading

Getting started in the creative industries: review of Creative Review

I bought the current (August 2016) edition of Creative Review (CR) because of its focus on getting started in the creative economy. My work as mentor frequently brings me into contact with people wanting guidance in this area. The edition comprises

Getting started in the creative industries: review of Creative Review

I bought the current (August 2016) edition of Creative Review (CR) because of its focus on getting started in the creative economy. My work as mentor frequently brings me into contact with people wanting guidance in this area. The edition comprises

Postcards + content marketing = joy

Previously on this blog I’ve discussed the power of postcards in marketing — specifically for marketing books (‘Why use postcards to market books?‘, 19 Sept 2103). And I’ve discussed the potential of content marketing — broadcasting your expertise by providing helpful

Postcards + content marketing = joy

Previously on this blog I’ve discussed the power of postcards in marketing — specifically for marketing books (‘Why use postcards to market books?‘, 19 Sept 2103). And I’ve discussed the potential of content marketing — broadcasting your expertise by providing helpful

The Art of the Publisher

Roberto Calasso’s The art of the publisher, translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon, is published in Britain by Penguin (2015). Tastefully published too, in a dinky little format. It is an assemblage of various occasional pieces, written over several

The Art of the Publisher

Roberto Calasso’s The art of the publisher, translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon, is published in Britain by Penguin (2015). Tastefully published too, in a dinky little format. It is an assemblage of various occasional pieces, written over several

Cambridge Publishing Society: Brian Webb

David Williams writes: The next speaker at the Cambridge Publishing Society (CAMPUS) is Brian Webb, who is certainly one of the UK’s premier graphic designers, with a special affinity for the book. You might have seen Brian’s superb series of

Cambridge Publishing Society: Brian Webb

David Williams writes: The next speaker at the Cambridge Publishing Society (CAMPUS) is Brian Webb, who is certainly one of the UK’s premier graphic designers, with a special affinity for the book. You might have seen Brian’s superb series of

Front cover: great book jacket and cover design

The large-format pages of Front cover (Mitchell Beazley, 2001) present nearly 300 covers from the 20th century. The text by Alan Powers is far from mere filler between designs. It is informative and perceptive, especially in the legends that accompany

Front cover: great book jacket and cover design

The large-format pages of Front cover (Mitchell Beazley, 2001) present nearly 300 covers from the 20th century. The text by Alan Powers is far from mere filler between designs. It is informative and perceptive, especially in the legends that accompany