I’ve been procrastinating on this last post for cover design tips and what I’ve learnt in publishing.
Originally I was suppose to write about the client brief and deadlines. Then I realised that I’ve already spoken about ‘briefing a designer’… Hmmm, a recap and detour is needed!
But as far as deadlines are concerned, there’s nothing much you can say about them except that they are there for a reason, and they will be here to stay no matter what industry you’re in. The sooner you start seeing it as your friend – rather than your enemy – the less you’ll despise it. There’s two reasons why someone hate deadlines: 1) they miss them all the time, and 2) they not being set realistically. Other ailments are bad communication and bad management. These are factors that make deadlines seem like a black hole and unreachable. Set reachable and more frequent deadlines.
Why I found this last post on what I’ve learnt in publishing hard is quite simple actually. Everyone appreciates the truth, right? And the truth is I’m afraid to end this phase of my design blog posts because what I’ve learnt in publishing is what I know today. And since I’ve written about that already… what happens next?
What’s next will be what I’m learning and discovering now. I’ll be doing my very best to teach you what I know and what I’m learning, new people I’ve come across, interviews with other book designers, new learnings in book design, and business events I’ve attended. I’ll share with you my learnings and views of these events to help fuel the work and life we lead.
Something I’ve been facing particularly this week is that freelancing is not easy. Duh! We all know this and people warn you about this. But neither is working for a boss. What’s difficult is how we view our work. Our skill. Our belief in ourselves is what will make or break us. People will throw their opinions at you whether you want it or not. You need to ignore what’s poisonous or absorb what’s good for you.
I’m grateful for this post. This post is a retrospective. A lesson I’ve learnt while working with agile methodologies..
So here’s a quick recap of all the posts I’ve written on things I’ve learnt in traditional publishing:
Intro to what I’ve learnt in traditonal publishing
The spec handover
The book grid
The spec design
Typefaces and fonts
Thoughts and tips on feedback, criticism, typesetting and the book plan
The book cover
Cover design tips: Part 1 of 4
Cover design tips: Part 2 of 4 – Typography
Cover design tips: Part 3 of 4 – Colour
Hope you enjoyed and learnt something from these posts. Even if it was just one thing.
But as all good things, sometimes they need to end so that you are forced to start afresh. I plan to do just that with my next posts.
Stay curious. Stay tuned.