7th January 2020
Pantone Classic Blue swatch

Colour trends for 2020

Pantone have announced that the Colour of the Year 2020 is Classic Blue, and Shutterstock's forecast also features an intense indigo. What else is trending?
20th November 2019
Designer involved in a decision-making meeting

Why designers should be involved in decision-making

With their creativity, practicality and powerful problem-solving skills, designers should be involved in decision-making. Why is this so rare?
19th September 2019
Girls laughing. The benefits of humour on your social media and marketing.

The benefits of humour on social media for business

How to harness the power of humour through your social media presence and strengthen your overall marketing mix.
2nd May 2019
Busy Bees Nursery sign

Why consistency in your branding is important

A local nursery has recently undergone a rebrand. Things started well where did they go wrong?
9th January 2019
Blue colour swatches demonstrating seasonal colours

Seasonal colours

Psychologists often split colours into seasons. Find out how different shades of a colour can evoke different feelings.
9th January 2019

Colour forecasting for 2019

How does Pantone decide which colour should be the colour of the year
19th December 2018

How to prepare copy for publication

These suggestions on how to prepare your copy for publication will save your designer time, which in turn will save you money.
1st November 2018
Brochures designed for AST stairlifts

Client story: how a brochure can help your business

Print is not dead, and a brochure can be a great weapon in your marketing arsenal. Find out how a new brochure helped AST Stairlifts get more business.
24th August 2018
Photoshop icon

Photo formats and sizes demystified

If you are confused about photo formats and sizes, this article will give answers to the most asked questions.
9th July 2018
Montecatini font graphic

Extraordinary typefaces

Where can you source really unusual and extraordinary typefaces? There are a number of options you can try. Read this useful guide.
3rd May 2018
Percie Edgeler

Experienced designer or intern – which would you choose?

Here’s my take on the pros and cons of using an experienced designer or an intern – and a view from a publishing professional who’s seen life from both sides of the fence.
12th March 2018
A selection of Jon Snow's ties

Is branding just for businesses?

This well-known man's personal branding is second to none. You may know who he is by just looking at his ties – or even just his socks. Who is he?
1st March 2018
GDPR icon

My top 5 GDPR concerns

GDPR compliance is not as difficult as you would think. In this article I share the main points, which are useful If you run a small business.
18th January 2018
Colour wheel

Design focus: using colours

Find out why we used the colours red and green for this logo design.
8th January 2018

How to choose colours that match

Do you ever feel like having a spring clean, a de-clutter and a brightening up of your home or your image? I know I do.
26th October 2017
Happy Grandparents sitting with their granddaughter on a pier, pointing out at the boats.

How to supply good pictures to your designer

I have lost count of the amount of times I am asked by a client to design a high-end publication
26th October 2017

Can Graphic Design save your life?

Or to put it another way; what exactly do graphic designers do? This question is answered, as seen through a medical
26th September 2017
Social media graphics

My top 5 tips on designing social media graphics

It’s a fact that posts which are illustrated have a much higher success and click-through rate
17th August 2017
Striking tree in Bushy Park, Teddington

Where do designers get their inspiration?

There is so much in London that fires my enthusiasm! Here are the top 10 places that get my creative juices flowing.
15th August 2017

London Lounge: the Johnston tour

The London Transport Museum at the depot in Acton is not just for train geeks, it has lots of treats in store for art and design enthusiasts. The Johnston tour is one of these.
7th August 2017
Orange and blue are complimentary colours

How to commission a book designer

Anxious about briefing a designer? Don’t be! Any designer worth their salt will want to help you project
2nd August 2017
wooden letterpress characters St Bride Institute

The St Bride Institute print room and library

The St Bride Institute print room should be a must-see on your list of events during Open House London. I was lucky
8th July 2017

Portuguese portrayals

I usually like to stay in London during the summer months and get away when it’s cold, but this year I broke with tradition and spent
7th July 2017

The Summer of Love

This summer is the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Sergeant Pepper was released and swinging London was the height of cool.
21st April 2017
A selection of photos on a photo library lightbox

How to select photos for projects

Getting photos for your project should be easy, there’s so much available on the internet, right? Well, yes and no.
6th April 2017
Grip Lit book covers

Is Grip Lit dead?

At the London Book Fair last month it was clear that celebrity and misery memoirs have had their day. Publishers and agents would also like
5th April 2017

Is this campaign the best ever?

You may have come across these posters at your local station but they first came to my attention when featured
28th March 2017
A Donovan album from the 1960s which uses a font similar to Arnold Bocklin.

Typographic trends: are the sixties back?

In the 1960s, Donovan’s album covers used distinctive fonts which reflected his style of music. The most well known was ‘Arnold Bocklin’ font.
17th March 2017
InDesign logo 640px

Tips for using InDesign

6th January 2017

Museum madness

A friend recently told me about this little known offer. By joining the Museums Association you get free access to virtually all the Museums
16th November 2016
Website Design Award

Is your website up to scratch?

Last week I was lucky enough to be commended in the Richmond Business Awards ‘Best Website’ category. During the submission process I
12th November 2016
Holland House

London Lounge: Holland Park and the new Design Museum

Do you live in London? Are you the type of person who is torn between visiting museums and getting
27th October 2016

What the font?!! Try our type quiz to see how much you know

How much do you know about fonts? Have a go at our 10-point quiz and see how many you get right.
21st September 2016
Books

5 ways to sell your book

You’ve done it! After many months (or even years) you have published your own book. Give yourself a pat on the back for your achievement. But
12th August 2016
Galley Club logo

New home for the Galley Club

The Galley Club, the not-for-profit social club for people in publishing, will have a new home from October 2016. Events will take place at 
7th July 2016

What team do authors need to run a successful book business?

Have you decided to quit your job to concentrate on writing? If so, you may want to handle everything
29th March 2016
Quitoal by Guayasamin (detail)

Ecuador's answer to Picasso?

Think of Ecuador. The Amazon, Andes, cloud forests and Galapagos may come to mind. Maybe you’ll think about the oil industry. You almost
22nd January 2016
Dennis Severs house in Spitalfields, London

London Lounge: Dennis Severs House

Tucked away in a quiet Georgian side street in Spitalfields, East London, is Dennis Severs House, one of London’s hidden secrets.
15th January 2016
Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Every year, Pantone select a ‘colour of the year’ that they deem to reflect the zeitgeist (buzzwords this year are balanced, calming, wellness,
8th December 2015
Colourful Pantone mugs

Presents for creatives and design lovers

We creative types can be very picky when it comes to presents. Here are some ideas showing you how to please your arty loved-ones. 
8th December 2015
A Patern Painting by Stephanie Wilkinson

Colouring for grown-ups

When you look at the bestseller lists, you’ll see quite a few colouring books for adults. Who’s buying these books? I haven’t heard any of my friends
30th November 2015
Paper lanterns

Making lanterns for the Teddington Lantern Procession

Even though I love my job, I sometimes wish I could spend a little less time at my computer and a lot more time creating stuff
18th November 2015

Designing with a non-Roman alphabet

I know a thing or two about typography; I’ve studied, read about it and practised it for more than 30 years. I can talk endlessly about
2nd September 2015
An image from the Darkbridge series

How I rebranded a series of crime fiction book covers

Book cover design can be very daunting – especially fiction. Where the devil do you start? Which of the many
1st August 2015
Tokyo 2020 scrapped logo

Tokyo 2020 designer accused of plagiarism

What do you think of this new logo? I’m keen on it, as I love stencil typefaces and frequently play with them when I’m designing new
28th May 2015
Peter Blake's razzle dazzle snowdrop ferry

Everybody razzle dazzle …

On a recent trip to Liverpool, I drove to Seacombe to see Peter Blake’s Snowdrop Mersey Ferry, but nothing had prepared me for this riot of colour.
28th May 2015
Bookmachine logo

BookMachine success stories

Back in 2013, I wrote a post about a new service for publishing professionals. Little did I know what impact it would have on my career.
12th May 2015
young interns are used a lot in graphic design and publishing

Should your kids have a career in Graphic Design?

People often ask what I do for a living and are very enthusiastic when I tell them I am a Graphic Designer. They think that I
10th April 2015
HintHunt logo

London Lounge: HintHunt

On a recent trip to Budapest, I consulted TripAdvisor to see which activities proved popular, and discovered that Hungarians have been
9th January 2015
Four of my top 10 ampersands

My top 10 ampersands

Designers employ lots of tricks and tips to lift and enhance a design. One of these is utilising beautiful ampersands. The symbol originated
12th December 2014

How should creative women dress for business?

First impressions count: it’s well known that people judge you mainly by your appearance, not by how you sound, or even
24th September 2014
A phrase written in Gill Sans, a popular typeface for graphic designers

How to identify fonts

Have you ever seen a typeface, admired or hated it and wondered what it was? You don’t have to have a degree in typography to find
24th September 2014
Super-sized jars of mango chutney

London Lounge: Southall

If you have a free afternoon, an empty fridge and a liking for Asian food, you could do worse than take a trip to Southall.
22nd September 2014
Two book covers from the same series

How to brand a book series

When people think about branding, they normally envisage company logos and the way they are applied to marketing materials and products.
19th August 2014
Leaf pattern used on the Lensbury's All Day menu design

Menu design: there's more to it than you think

‘Fresh, light and fun’ or ‘modern, yet traditional’? Both! Though not at the same time. This was part of my brief from the
23rd July 2014
Detail from a Romance Festival poster

A masterclass in marketing

At last night’s Bookmachine event for people in publishing, Sam Missingham, Head of Events at HarperCollins, spoke about her most recent
8th July 2014
Girl with a camera

Should you use stock photography?

I recently met a content marketing expert whose opinion was categorically ‘no’, and most photographers would agree with her. While
15th June 2014
John Bull printing set

Did your toys influence your choice of career?

Or did your inherent love of what was to become your future career influence your choice of toys? I think it was that way round for me.
11th April 2014
website code

What makes a good website?

I was asked recently ‘What makes a good website?’ The only answer I could give was ‘A site that serves its client well’. The majority of businesses
8th April 2014

How to publish an ebook

Recently, KIngston University hosted an excellent talk by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords on ‘How to publish an ebook’. Smash words is a free publishing platform
27th March 2014

London Lounge: Leighton House Museum

If, like me, you love turquoise, Arabic architecture, patterns and scripts, you will love the Leighton House Museum. Tucked away off Kensington High Street near Holland Park,
27th March 2014

Brush Script – a thing of beauty to the untrained eye?

I’ve recently returned from South East Asia where I was delighted by the Khmer and Chinese lettering. To me, the scripts
26th March 2014
richmond business school

Do you identify, anticipate and satisfy?

After Guy Sellwood’s excellent talk at the Chamber Sales Seminar in November, Carol Dwyer had a lot to live up to last night, but she did not
18th March 2014
a pattern of orange segments

Colour psychology: orange

To most of us, orange conjures up visions of youth and fresh ideas; it’s a lively, vibrant colour, ideal for portraying vitality and newness. On the
18th March 2014
chinese calligraphy

The beauty of Chinese characters

Reading the in-flight magazine on my way to Cambodia recently, I was struck by the beauty of the Chinese characters used, particularly when
2nd January 2014
Riscatype catalogue cover

Playing detective

At a recent Galley Club meeting, one of my fellow members asked me if I would like an old type catalogue he was getting rid of.
31st December 2013
A spread from Woman's World

Labour of love: Graham Rawle’s quirky book design

When I’m thinking of buying a book, often the design can put me off; a very small typeface, mean leading (line spacing) and stingy margins are
30th December 2013
serpentine sackler gallery

London Lounge: The Serpentine Sackler Gallery

There’s a new venue in town not a million miles from the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens: a short hop up the road brings you to the
28th November 2013
Time Machine icon

How should I best back up my work?

Ever since my daughter stuffed a milk-bottle top into my floppy disc drive (now that’s going back a bit!) on the day a job was to
27th November 2013
richmond business school

Sales – interesting? You've got to be kidding!

Guy Sellwood did the impossible last night at the Chamber Business Marketing and Sales Seminar: he made ‘Sales’ interesting and entertaining.
24th October 2013
A detail from Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy by David Hockney

Hockney hints that all’s not well

Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy was a wedding present to fashion designer Ossie Clark and textile designer Celia Birtwell from artist David Hockney. Davidwas their
24th October 2013
Tate Britain

Free tours at Tate Britain

Did you know that Tate Britain runs free daily guided tours? These take place every day at 11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm. The 3pm tour focuses on
3rd October 2013
Jerry Cinamon work examples

London Lounge: the ICA

Are you fed up with high-street newsagents, mass-market bookshops and the (lack of) choice at your local Odeon? Are you in fact a bit of a culture
2nd October 2013
Bookmachine logo

Promote yourself and find professionals in publishing with bookmachine.me

Do you work in publishing? Ever had trouble getting work, finding the right contributors for your project, or making strategic alliances? Fret no more. Laura and Gavin
1st October 2013
Orange and blue are complimentary colours

How to commission a graphic designer

Anxious about briefing a designer? Don’t be! Any designer worth their salt will want to help you project the right image, communicate successfully with your customers
30th September 2013
An unfortunate font choice can drastically change the meaning of a graphic

Why font choice matters

Choosing the right typeface is not just about looking pretty; it can be crucial to the message you put across. When Pepsi teamed up with Aape to
23rd August 2013
WordPress logotype

Should I update WordPress and plug-ins?

One of the members of my local business group asked me just that recently. The answer is usually yes. When you go into your
4th July 2013
News UK logo

Is this the worst logo ever?

You’d think that if you had money to burn you’d be able to commission a logo you can be proud of, wouldn’t you? They don’tcome much richer
2nd July 2013
Cutty Sark and Canary Wharf

London Lounge: Limehouse to Greenwich

London Lounge is a strand where I describe one of my recent strolls round the capital (with plentyof stops at coffee shops and pubs). This quarter I’m not
14th June 2013
Pinterest-Icon-Square

Pinterest is fun, and a very useful social media tool

Pinterest is one of the most popular social media sites, and plenty of posts tell you how you should use it to best promote yourself and your business. Most
12th April 2013

London Lounge: Waterloo to London Bridge

You may be thinking ‘I’ve done this walk’, but have you ever done it the ‘back way’? Neither had I until recently, and I discovered a couple of gems.
9th April 2013
Pantone 448 is the ugliest colour

It’s not all about looking beautiful …

People think design is all about making things look beautiful, but sometimes we have to do the exact opposite; a case in point is the new packaging for Australian
2nd April 2013
vintage flower pattern

A cultural desert? Not in my book.

People think the 1970s was a cultural desert, but Glam, an exhibition of popular art of the early 70s now on at the Tate Liverpool, proves
3rd February 2013
1and1 logo

Where should I buy domain names?

I’ve just had an enquiry asking just that. I always buy my domain names from 1&1 and then point them to the web hosting company I use
31st January 2013

Right or wrong – or just a matter of taste?

I love typography and calligraphy, and hand-drawn type can add flair and vibrancy to a design. One of my favourite lettering artists is the very talented
23rd November 2012

London Lounge: Fleet Street

London is full of surprises, and I’ve discovered a hidden gem just behind Fleet Street near Ludgate Circus: The St Bride Institute. Formerly a printing school,
30th October 2012

On my wish list …

This wonderful book on Herb Lubalin by art publishers Unit Editions is top of my wish list at the moment. Harb was one of the original
12th September 2012

Which UK hosting company should I use for WordPress sites?

I spent some time today researching which UK hosting company to use for the latest WordPress site I had designed for a client. I’d heard that
18th July 2012
The Vanity of Small Differences panel 3, tapestry by Grayson Perry

A Modern Rakes Progress

Until recently, I regarded Grayson Perry as a sartorially challenged transvestite who produced quite nice pots. After having watched Channel 4’s All in the best possible
11th June 2012
chandelier

London Lounge: Shoreditch

Do you ever get fed up with high streets that all look the same? Me too. There’s one place I can think of which doesn’t have
28th April 2012
An example of extremely bad typography, focussing on the letter spacing (kerning)

Truly terrible typography

Oh dear! Who is responsible for this typographic crime? It upsets me deeply. For those of you who don’t know, kerning is the process of adjusting
16th April 2012

How to choose a colour scheme

Sometimes all of us need inspiration when it comes to choosing colours, and you could do worse than turning to one of the Great Masters. One
25th January 2012
decorative tiling

London Lounge: Marylebone

Have you ever tried to find somewhere nice for a coffee or lunch at the top end of Oxford Street? Chances are you will be faced
17th January 2012
detail from a book cover design

A miracle in 3 tweets?

There’s no denying that everything moves much faster than it used to. When I first started work at BBC Publications, we often had up to 11
16th January 2012
black clothes

Fashion faux-pas

I recently attended a business fair at Earls Court. Although I principally went to attend the seminars, I was aware of possible networking opportunities, so that
15th January 2012
friends meeting for coffee

Shall we meet up?

I am not the shy retiring type, and I love meeting new people, so why do I struggle with traditional networking? I have tried traditional referral
24th October 2011
The Geffrye Museum in Dalston

London Lounge: EC2

London is an exciting and vibrant city, but can be very expensive. In each issue of my newsletter I’m planning to share my tips on where
17th August 2011

My top 10 tips for making the most of the Edinburgh Festival

1 Before you arrive, get a programme and make a shortlist of what you’d like to see, otherwise you will be overwhelmed with choice. 2 If
25th July 2011
logo design detail

Logo design: behind the scenes

“Logo design? That must be easy – you could probably knock something up in a couple of hours”. Is that what you think? Here’s what really
29th April 2011

How not to wear black

Why do women love to wear black when it actually suits so few of us? Jules Standish, author of ‘How Not to Wear Black’ has some