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. [...]

Tips & Tricks: Improving legibility of text on images

One of the fundamental things you can do either as a designer, or someone creating your own materials, is to understand how to get the best out of combining texts and images. When you overlay text onto a photo different areas of light and dark can reduce legibility. So we asked Amy, one of our Design Managers, [...]

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 [...]

25 Quick Keyboard Shortcuts

As an ever busy design studio it is vital that we work in the most efficient way possible to meet our deadlines. Whether it be starting out on a new job in the sample design stage, text formatting and typesetting a manuscript, styling realia or getting the finished article ready for press, we always ensure [...]

Kristina takes a look at Photoshop's new Artboard feature

Here at emc, we are all full Creative Cloud subscribers which means we get constant access to the latest updates from Adobe. Some of these updates pass us by and often are just little bug fixes. However, the most recent update to Photoshop (CC 2015) is pretty immense – we wonder how long they’ve had [...]

4 reasons you should be using GREP if you work with words

As a design agency that solely works within Publishing we deal with a lot of words. In order to meet our clients’ budgets and deadlines we have to be at the top of the game in terms of technical ability as well as creative ability when working with these words to create beautiful educational materials [...]