Creative Content’s Pic of the week

http://gty.im/572509273                   “Stories tell us of what we already knew and forgot, and remind us of what we haven’t yet imagined.” – Anne L. Watson, author. This week is National Story Telling week! We have been using storytelling as a form of communication for thousands of years. [...]

How to write a design brief and why it’s important to get right

http://gty.im/183304802 One of the biggest aspects that can make or break a design project is the briefing process. The best design work comes when designers are confident, as with many walks of life. If designers are given great briefs, that they're confident in understanding, then they can spend the full amount of time designing instead of querying what is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Meet the IPG Innovators at London Book Fair

We're really excited to be taking part in the Independent Publishers Guild's "Meet the Innovators" zone at this year's The London Book Fair. There will be a total of nine companies taking part including us! We decided to take part because we want to talk to companies about innovative ways we can work together, either through collaborative projects [...]

A window into our world

Way back in May last year we took the big decision to move into new premises as we had outgrown our old studio at the Barn. Whilst we settled in quickly (we had to really as we were incredibly busy) we still needed to do quite a bit of work to create the design studio [...]