Type table Wordsearch [COMPETITION]

Shortly after we moved to our new studio in 2014, we decided a type based table would be a nice piece of furniture to have in our reception. But we couldn’t find what we were looking for. Consequently we decided to make one ourselves. We bought two empty type cases, bolted them together on a base, [...]

Design using restricted colour palettes: Is less more? Part 1

One of the design trends in which we’ve seen a resurgence lately is working with a restricted colour palette. Back in the day, when EMC was young (and before), this was because of the relatively high cost of four colour printing. So books, book covers and marketing material often had to use one or two colours. [...]

Joint 25th birthday celebrations with Beehive Illustration & emc design [INTERVIEW]

This time last year we turned 25 years old and have had a year-long celebration of this milestone. Throughout the year we've published special interviews with long-standing members of staff John, Mike and Gavin. We've written a host of 25 themed posts like 25 years of education, 25 influential designers and 25 keyboard short-cuts. We've eaten a lot of [...]

Marketing Vs Design – which matters more? [EVENT]

  Marketing Vs Design – which matters more? This is the question we are posing on Wednesday 2nd November as part of our next BookMachine design event. We all know that both design and marketing are integral to making and selling the best books but all too often the two disciplines are kept very separate [...]

Typographic inspiration from Myfonts.com

As a design agency always looking for new ways of being creative and pushing the boundaries of what's possible within editorial design we're constantly looking outside of our studio for inspiration. Myfonts.com to us isn't just a place we go to to buy new fonts, it's a wonderful resource of ideas, from matching typefaces to sparking off our creative [...]

Reflecting on the summer and what lies ahead

http://gty.im/158292819 There's nothing quite like the nights starting to draw in to remind us that summer is on its way out. Yes, it's sad to be thinking of the long, wintery days ahead but hopefully we'll make the most of a few more warm sultry evenings, and wasp-infested picnics before autumn really starts to bite. [...]

What’s it like doing work experience at emc design? [INTERVIEW]

Tom working on some new graphics For the last two weeks we have had the pleasure of having Tom in the studio for his year 10 design work experience. Tom is 15 years old and has an interest in graphic design and we first met him last summer when we did a careers [...]

Celebrating 25 years of design [Interview with Production Manager John]

 In the latest of our special 25-year anniversary blog posts, we interview John, our Production Manager. John joined emc back in 1998 as Mike’s first full-time employee and is still with us today. 1.  When you first joined emc, InDesign didn’t exist! In this time what have been some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the tools of [...]

Meet Katie: our newest designer

Meet Katie our newest designer, who joined us back in October after graduating from Uni.  How are you finding emc so far? I’m really enjoying ‘job life’ and just being in a routine again. I feel like I fit in here at EMC design... “We’re all mad here” - Alice in Wonderland. I’ve learnt so much [...]

Celebrating 25 years of design [Interview with our MD Mike]

In December 1990 Mike, our MD, left a relatively well-paid job running the marketing services department of a materials testing company to set up emc design. Mike had worked in publishing before this, first starting at Longman Publishers, Harlow in 1975. So, with a young family, Mike wanted to turn his hand to freelance work whilst getting [...]