Design: The Whole Story

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Out now in the UK – Design: The Whole Story, general editor Elizabeth Wilhide with a foreword by Jonathan Glancey. Designed by yours truly, all 576 pages, thoroughly enjoyable to work on and a beauty of a book in the end. A fascinating read, jam packed full of wonderful, inspiring and desirable designs – learn and enjoy!

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Design: The Whole Story

London Book Fair 2015

IMG_9319The London Book Fair 2015 was held in Kensington Olympia this year and not at the usual Earls Court. There were complaints about the venue change, particularly the worry about lack of space and downsizing , but you can’t argue that the architecture and structure of building is rather glorious (even if it does act like a greenhouse and can become unbearably hot in the heat of the day!).IMG_9334

Here is The Quarto Group’s stand in all it’s glory, where Quintessence has a space. It’s great to see the whole company come together, for us to realise what a large organisation we’re a part of. It’s exciting to be around like minded people who share a love of books and passion for the industry. It was my third year of going along to the Fair and I’d say I enjoyed this one the most, taking my time to explore and appreciate the wonderful range of books that are being made out there.IMG_9339I came across one book that particularly caught my attention, Designing Design by Kenya Hara. It’s not a new book, first published in 2007, but one i’d not heard of or come across before, but loved the look of – I need to get it and read it, asap, the preface alone hooked me!IMG_9331

London Book Fair 2015

1001 IDEAS

Isabel Eeles 1001 IDEAS BOOK DESIGNShowcasing the first book I was fully in charge of myself design wise at Quintessence (note this was over three years ago now!). I was responsible for finalising the book design from presentation stage; setting up the template; laying out the content (all 940 pages); picture researching and selecting appropriate images for each entry; balancing layout variation throughout the book as whole; designing a set of icons for use in the book; getting the hi-res image versions; retouching/photoshop work; getting the files ready for repro; checking wet proofs; making colour corrections; designing the jacket; checking sizes and adding finishes (a lovely bit of Gloss Spot UV); and finally, eventually, approving it all to print! It was a special day when the advance copies of this arrived in the office, it was a proud moment indeed.

1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think by Robert Arp, preface by Arthur Caplan was the 21st title in the multi-million best-selling 1001 Before You Die series.

Published by Cassell (UK), Atria (US) and Allen & Unwin (Australia) in 2013.
It has since been reprinted several times and been translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide.
960pp | 210 x 160mm

1001 IDEAS

Hidden Histories

We received the advance copies of these little beauties at work recently, the first in of 2015 (we approved them to print well before christmas), and they are the first two books in a new series called “Hidden Histories”, here we have Trees and Herbs, and both the UK (Timber Press) and US (Chicago University Press) editions.

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I was lucky enough to have to design both of them. They are relatively small books, only 256pp, but surprisingly fiddly to put together. It can be nerve wracking waiting for the advance copies to come back from the printer, there is always a risk something could have gone wrong but I am pleasantly surprised by how they have turned out which is always nice, I think they look pretty fab, if I may say so myself! Any thoughts?

Hidden Histories