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I fess up, I struggled with a G because I thought of galley proofs but these environmentally unfriendly, tree eating ways of proofing are mostly confined to the past as designers and printers look at online proofing for speed and to be green. And that thought made me think of going green! Not like Kermit or changing your book cover to Pantone 381 (a personal favourite) but by adopting planet friendly publishing and design. This year I have set myself the challenge of never buying a new book to reduce my carbon footprint and here are my thoughts on being a planet-friendly creative because this applies to everyone.
Does the brand 'England' promote a trusted, excited country that's reliable? That's a huge ask for any country in this turbulent time but to be trusted, one has to be open to change and influence, and it's debatable if Brexit or the subsequent negotiations have helped to promote a trusted country. Regardless of which way you or I voted, managing the 'use of design, advertising, marketing, service proposition, corporate culture..' has been sadly lacking.
Once the book has been printed or formatted and you have celebrated your wonderful achievement, there are copies to be sold. If you've done the right thing and got a designer to provide a striking cover design then you're on the way, but the most beautiful design won't sell you copies by itself. So how can you raise the game and be your own sales team if you're as introverted as me?
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The editor is essential if you want a good read but what does an editor do and why are they different to a proofreader? Let Hello Lovely explain!
I have had some great responses to this A-Z series, especially about book covers and I thought I'd share this post from September when I talked about the anatomy of a book cover. The image in this post is a really useful explanation of each part of a book. This title has now gone to press and has generated £4,000 of sales for this fledgeling publishing cooperative…
How do you fancy some fun exercises to help you work out your business brand? You'll be pleased to know that I'm hosting a workshop with Drive The Network and Eagle Labs/Barclays on defining your brand and visual profile.
Designers can provide more than just visuals for your book. We can also offer other elements to support new authors and publishers in their business by knowing about print, the ePublishing process, promotional material and websites. Without question, authors and publishers will come up against one or two if not all four of these areas on their journey from manuscript to publication. Always employ an experienced publishing designer as books and publishing require different technical and visual skills than you'd find in web design. Some designer have the experience in both, as I have, and can offer a full service or elements of it. Here are my tops tips on getting the best for your budget and from your designer.
8 tips and tricks to improve your business card design.
Once you've taken delivery of your branding package, it's really important to make sure that you are getting the maximum impact from your image use. Why? Your literature and communications work best for your business when they are consistent with your company's established image and increase your audience through trust and familiarity. Here are my top tips.
I have run cover design workshops for the MA in Publishing degree at Anglia Ruskin University. One of my favourite tasks is to use a well-established text and present all the different covers which have been published. I often use Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca which has been published by many different imprints, the design altered to printing and design technology, cultural and taste. The text hierarchy alters as the author became popular and the marketing of the book took a different turn from gothic to romance and back again. Here’s my top tips on designing a book cover.
How do you fancy some fun exercises to help you work out your business brand? You'll be pleased to know that I'm hosting a FREE workshop with Drive The Network and Eagle Labs/Barclays on defining your brand and visual profile. Find out more...
What funds you need depend on how you are producing your book (pitching to publishers independently or via an agent, or self-publishing), if the book is print or eBook and what skills you’ll need to contract in. Here's my handy guide to essential publishing costs.
Printed or online planners are a great idea to showcase your expertise in your subject. A planning book can show off tips on social media marketing, boost sales for an online course or help to support students or patients on courses in any subject. It’s about this time of year when you need to think about the content and design of your course and how you might deliver this. I have worked on planners and calendars in agencies for many years and have seen many problems, so here are my top tips.
Design thinking puts the customer at the heart of a process. It can be applied to the design of a book cover, navigating the inside text pages, or branding, websites and the development of a new project or service. The term was developed in start-ups and companies looking at lean developments but it can be used in any size of business. What does it mean in real life?
Authors are essential of course. Without these talented souls we have no words! This article offers you no writing advice, there are better resources out there for this, but it gives authors a snapshot of the talent found in a publishing process to help apply this to the self-publishing process and make your book better.
On the 3rd April last year I began a change of working life. I left the security of a full-time job and began to look at using my design experience and education in a different way. During this year, I have been invited to speak at events, worked on a salon rebranding and worked on a range of exciting projects. I have always been focused on two things: quality and trust. I have stayed true to this goal throughout the first year of business. Here's my ten lessons learned...
Today I was buying batteries for my iMac mouse. As I stood looking at the display it dawned on me how colourful the packaging is... yes, this is often how I shop! Some are blue, a soothing shade and thus a popular choice. Others are red for power and Energizer, the brand I bought is green and yellow. We can all be seduced by colour, how important is it to you?
In the past, we've been of the mindset that human intervention by a sales person is the conversion tool. A relationship was required to make a person buy that ad space, book the stand at the event or take out a subscription. With the emphasis now online tools to buy and book, design plays a critical part in converting browsers to customers. This week I'm reminded why and I'd like to share my observations with you. I hope it'll help you to apply good design to your website.
You've crafted the perfect offer. Perhaps you're running a Facebook page or Instagram account and you want to develop a few motivational quotes. Great! You've found the photos and you're ready to tackle Canva, Illustrator or the software of your choice. Before you start, here are the Hello Lovely tips I want to share with you to make sure that your offer can be seen. It doesn't matter how much you've planned the social media marketing campaign, if your audience can't read the words then it's time and money badly spent.
One of my many heroines of design and typography is Beatrice Warde. Any designer with an interest in typography will know of her work and I'd like to share why she's so important on International Womens Day.
I was honoured to be the host of the Ask The Expert session last week, all about design. We covered a huge range of micro-topics under the heading Good Graphic Design Will Make Your Business Better. It was very lively and educational...
If you're reading this whilst sitting in the beautiful county of Yorkshire, then you may already know about the fans reactions to the proposed crest for Leeds United football club...
Squarespace is a beautiful thing but if you've been used to Wix, Weebly or WordPress, it can feel like a Big Scary Thing to move over to a different platform even if you know it makes sense. There's the time. Crikey - the site mapping. Yikes, - the learning!
Well, just like Miss Marple or better still, Scooby Doo, I'm here to make sense and take away your fears.
I am a supporter of independent micro businesses as I run one myself and I challenged myself to give up large chains for an New Year challenge a few years back. I’m proud to be an #Indie25ER. Here are my tips to survive and thrive as a #Microbiz (with a lot of useful information about design!)
Free online training and hosting worth £100 for all Squarespace websites ordered by 31st January. Pop me an email with an outline of how many pages and features you're looking for and I'll get back in touch with a quote.
It's very easy for campaigns to be misappropriated by others or to be confused in the media. Wrongly attributed photos in the papers meant that enquiries were misdirected and it wasn't easy to keep control on the final figures. This is one area where branding can help.
Now, can you cast your mind back to the lighter days of September? I spoke with a very inspiring business owner, Sarah Swanton during this month. I love her warmth and interest in people and that she is very into positive and heart based techniques.