Don’t judge a bookshop by its facade

Take a walk down the main street in Southwold, England, on a busy day and you will find people milling around in art galleries, trying on clothes in relatively high-end stores, and sampling the delights of the Two Magpies Bakery’s daily offerings. You may also notice a pale blue facade with enticing, book-filled windows. But…

‘Deep Partnership’ – A process of opportunity or cataclysm?

August 2017 proved to be a key month for Cambridge University Press (CUP), which saw the assembly of a new board consisting of the CUP exam bodies and assessment departments combine. This organisational restructuring enabled a single new Press and Assessment Board to initiate what vice-chancellor, Professor Leszek Borysiewicz; described as “a more holistic view…

Casagrande: an example of experimental publishing

From bombing cities with poems to sending letters to the stars and creating giant magazines inside tube stations, Casagrande – a Chilean collective of artists – develops what they describe as ‘public poetics’. Their projects follow the premise ‘can’t be sold, can’t be bought’ and consist in the development of all sort of publishing experiments….

Hey, I am in the bookshop

The experience of interviewing Anthony Burrill  Nothing comes from nowhere. I have heard my grandfather say these words all my life. He had a strong influence on me and this message, though simple is intense. This statement is also used by British graphic artist, print maker and designer Anthony Burrill, which motivated me to try…

Can Creativity Be Taught?

Nowadays it is all about creativity and being creative. According to the Oxford Dictionary, creativity is the use of imagination or original idea to create something; inventiveness. But does this original idea come only from within or can it be taught, improved, developed? There are psychological studies that believe creativity is a blend of being…

Why Print? A Physical Experience in Publishing

The layout editor of the small theatre space had designed the display tables for functionality rather than comfort. It showed in the rhythmic tug of my backpack as peruser after peruser pressed passed behind me like a tight-laned overtake that results in a sideswipe. But as I slid along from table to table, my roving…

Helvetica 60th Birthday

If you have never heard of Helvetica you must at least have seen it. Do you know the brands BMW, Staples, Toyota, Target? Well, you have seen Helvetica typeface then. Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Helvetica developed in 1957 by Max Miedinger with input from Eduard Hoffmann, must be the most recognised font worldwide. After recently…

Nylon China, a new voice of the young

With the declination of the printing industry, most magazines are struggling with reality, fewer and fewer readers choose traditional media, for example, Chinese Condé Nast Publications announced that they decided to closure the <SELF> including magazine, website, and app which has been selling more than ten years in China. This reflects the survival crisis of…

I’m a celebrity get me a … book deal?

Sometimes it feels like celebrities have it all. They can act, they can sing, they can look good shopping for their weekly groceries and now, they can write? It appears that celebrities these days have a never-ending repertoire of skills and more and more seem to be adding ‘best-selling author’ to their lists. With many…

Redacted Kirkus star prompts debate about “censorship” in YA

Kirkus Reviews ignited a controversy in the publishing world when it decided to pull its starred-review for Laura Moriarty’s American Heart in October, after the publication was heavily criticized on Twitter for lauding a book which several book reviewers, editors, and authors deemed offensive to Muslim Americans. American Heart imagines a future in which Muslims…

Consider The Redditor

Reddit has over 200 million users. While most millennials spend their social media time on Instagram or Facebook, I go to reddit for breaking news, pictures of cute puppies, and “shitty writing prompts”. But reddit encompasses so much more than that. It was originally created to share the “best of the internet” with its users….

Where Does Fan Fiction Belong?

Fan Fiction isn’t an entirely new genre, but the debate over where sits in the hierarchy of Publishing has only recently began to see in-depth academic attention. This surge of Academic interest, coincides with the phenomenal success of ‘Twilight’ (James, E. L, 2012) which paved the way for Fan Fiction authors such as Todd. Fan…

How printed books are remediating the internet

For as long as I remember, a discussion about the “death of books” has been raging. By 2010, newspapers were being flooded with apocalyptic articles spelling doom for print as well as traditional publishers, booksellers and even authors. However, it is now 2017 and books are still doing great. In fact, according to the PA…

You’re Invited to Fashion Week (Thanks to Instagram)

Miu Miu? Chanel? Lanvin? Yes, yes, and yes. Now, we all have VIP access to their newest collections. With the rise of video-sharing features on apps, like Instagram, we can now get front row seats during fashion weeks from all over the globe. According to the fashion tech website Glossy Co., publishers and magazine editors…

Custom type for publishing

Finding the perfect typeface for a project involves a lot of effort, time and research. There are plenty of options available on the market nowadays, in a range of prices and styles. The right choice depends on the needs of the project, its size and concept and sometimes the best option is having something designed…

Can glossy gossip coexist with the sidebar of shame? 

Mucus movements, extra-marital affairs and outrageous outfit choices are among the many commonplace topics discussed in gossip media today. From OK! magazine to the Daily Mail’s ‘sidebar of shame’, celebrity reporting has successfully found its place amongst Web 2.0. However, will there continue to be a market for both printed and digital gossip in an…

Can AI end fake news?

It has become increasingly difficult to evaluate if the published content is authentic in these recent times.As everyone can now create and share content with the use of social media, which as a result has created a barrage of fake stories and many media companies promoting these stories in order to increase their readership. Artificial…

What if Indie Magazines Represented the Future of Education?

Have you ever thought what it would be like if academic institutions such as schools and universities no longer used traditional text books but magazines instead? We have always perceived books as the main source of academic knowledge. Since a young age in school we have always been given reading lists and have been assigned…

How “Watchmen” Changed the Comic Industry

It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of Watchmen, both in terms of creativity and commercial standing. The book won multiple awards both within and outside the comic industry, including a Hugo Award in 1988 in the “Other Forms” category, and is considered by several critics and reviewers to be one of the most significant…