How agile can we be? An editorial perspective – Part 2 of 3

In the first part of this mini-series we discussed the complexities of ELT publishing – focusing on publishers’ growing need to get courses to market quickly without losing quality. To do this, the supply chain for larger projects is often made up of smaller companies and individuals, all of whom are going to be working [...]

How agile can we be? Working effectively with small businesses – Part 1

As global publishers increasingly promote agile workflows both internally and externally, they rely more and more heavily on many individuals and smaller businesses to help get their massive, multi-million pound courses and products to market. These external suppliers (like emc) can provide any number of different services – from simple design of one component to [...]

News Flash: New position available for Graduate Junior Designer

We are now looking for junior designers to join our team again! With lots of new and exciting projects, we're looking for more hard-working, skilled and enthusiastic people to come and join our growing team. If you are a recent graduate with a degree or HND in graphic design or typography then this may be the job for [...]

12 Days of Christmas – our 2014 Christmas card is here!

This year, emc's Christmas card was inspired by the "12 Days of Christmas" song. We had twelve different emc-ers create a ‘tile’ for the christmas card, using one of the twelve days of Christmas as the basis for a typographic and/or illustrative design. Each emc-er was assigned a 'day of christmas' and had to stay [...]

IETUGL Part 5: Is English the ultimate global language?

In a five-part blog series I have been proposing to answer the question: Is English the ultimate global language? This is the fifth and final post of this blog series. Read posts 1, 2, 3 and 4 to catch up. In part 4 I considered how the English language has evolved to become a prime [...]

Post IATEFL and the future of ELT from a design perspective

Last week Sophie, along with 1000's of other ELT professionals, congregated in Harrogate for IATEFL's 2014 conference. Along with helping to run the Material Writing SIG's first ever Pre Conference Event Writing for Digital and SIG Day Sophie was also asked to speak on the Future of ELT at eltjam.com's IATEFL fringe event. Below is a [...]

Writing for Digital (IATEFL's MaWSIG Pre Conference Event)

On Tuesday 1st April IATEFL's Materials Writing Special Interest Group (MaWSIG) will hold its first ever Pre-Conference Event at IATEFL's yearly international conference. It's going to be a really hands-on and interesting day discussing the latest thinking on Writing for Digital. Guest speakers are: Lucy Norris, Jeremy Day, Kath Bilsborough and Laurie Harrison. As ELT publishing continues its [...]

An exciting new job at emc design could be waiting for you…

Are you tired of working in your current job? Waking up uninspired and dissatisfied with what you're doing? I think that means you are ready to start 2014 with a new and exciting challenge... Want to work for one of the leading design agencies dedicated to publishing? Well we are looking for new people to [...]

Magic Time 2nd edition from Oxford University Press

One of the projects we worked on last year for Oxford University Press Magic Time second edition is now available to buy from OUP. We loved re-editioning this popular Primary ELT series and think young learners will find it magical! Multi-component projects, like Magic Time, require design and visual consistency throughout, as well as keeping [...]

Global by Macmillan – a case study

For the last few years emc design has been working with the Macmillan ELT team on the acclaimed Global ELT series. To get an understanding of the enormity of the project and the many processes involved in creating such an extensive course we've created a case study on the design & production process. See it [...]