This week we had a sick lecturer so the design tasks had to be undertaken alone in solace. This in itself was a challenge. I enjoy the design process but I find it difficult and time consuming to implement. This has made me think long and hard about the path I wish to pursue upon… Continue reading Catching up in Solace
This week’s session ranks as by far the best of all the sessions undertaken so far. We welcomed book design legend and seemingly never out of work Jamie Keenan and he presented a design masterclass which amounted to an exercise in simplicity conducted via an exercise in playing around with paper and glue. We had… Continue reading Special Guest Star Jamie Keenan
This week was a continuation of last week as we learned more about setting up a grid, inserting text and images and suchlike. This repetition is important as much of the mastery of InDesign comes down to doing things over and over again, eventually with things such as mouse actions and keyboard shortcuts eventually sticking… Continue reading Covering Covers II
My last lecture of 2016 was a copywriting test, about which I was far from enthusiastic. However, now that I have received my score I realised that the difficulties of this section of the module turn out to have been extremely useful learning experiences for me. The test was not hard for me, and I… Continue reading Copywriting Test
Copy editing can often seem like nitpicking, however there is a method behind it and it can seem impregnable to the uninitiated, particularly when one attempts to learn the symbols that are used to annotate a manuscript and detail the faults and errors in a manuscript document. The symbolic language makes sense once one understands… Continue reading Copy Editing Principles
How does one demonstrate the impact of a book that does not sell enough copies to generate a royalty cheque?Clearly there are considerations worthy of note beyond sales when assessing the academic model of a successful book. This whole exercise today made me shift my opinion of academic work. Whilst I did not entirely subscribe… Continue reading The Impact of Academic Books
We all, unless versed in the publishing ethos and trained in its modus operandi take books for granted. How hard can it be to write good copy and produce a good book after all? Very difficult it turns out. Today in class we received several drafts of books that have either been published or that are… Continue reading A Book is a Book, as is a Book, but When is a Book a Book, and if so is it Really a Book, or is it Just a Book? Did I say Book? I meant Book. Book.