Oliver Jeffers on art, the universe and everything

One of the joys of being a parent is in discovering and sharing books with your child. Both I and my daughter have been consistently charmed and delighted by the work of Oliver Jeffers. His books, including The Day The Crayons Quit, The Great Paper Caper and The Incredible Book Eating Boy, are beautifully illustrated but have a quirky, sideways view of the world which is surreal, amusing  and thought-provoking.

Jeffers has recently become a Dad himself and his new book, Here We Are, is an introduction to Planet Earth for his own child.

Read more about the curious world of Oliver Jeffers at Creative Review (free account required).

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Got Adobe Creative Cloud? Got questions?

Everyone finds things out online but have you ever measured how long you spend looking for answers to Adobe or design and print related questions? and did you get exactly the answers you needed? The web is a black hole for time and attention and it can be difficult to find the answer you’re looking for. That’s why it still pays to use an expert. Creativelab has been Adobe certified since 2006 and  has decades of experience in the design, print and publishing industry. We can troubleshoot problems, provide answers to your specific questions, we can also train you in getting the best from your applications and, best of all, we’re there if you have follow-up questions or need more advice.

We like to think of ourselves as your extra pair of hands, your creative collaborator and your technical helpdesk.

If you need help with Adobe Creative Cloud, training, design or publishing, please do get in touch. We’ll be happy to help.

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Redesigning Penguin classics

London design agency La Boca has created a series of luminous (and just a bit retro) covers for classic titles from Penguin’s Science Fiction list. This interview from Adobe Create offers some interesting insights into their creative and technical processes.

I love the fact that they’ve kept to the spirit of the classic Penguin SF covers I grew up with but have brought a modern sensibility and have created animated versions suitable for the mobile era.

Classic penguin science fiction covers

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404 Ink first issue

Earlier in the year we helped with the development of a logo for the indie publishing startup 404 Ink. We’re happy to see that the first edition of their lit mag is now out.

The first issue features writers and artists including Helen Sedgwick, Kevin MacNeil,  Seonaidh Charity and Karyn Dougan as well as interviews with Wilko Johnson, Girls of Steel, The Sad Ghost Club and others as well as a retrospective look at the errors of 2016.

The magazine is available in both print and digital formats.

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It’s All Greek to Me: A Brief History of Lorem Ipsum Text

We’ve all used placeholder text, and specifically Lorem Ipsum, while creating designs but how much did you know about its origins? Print Mag provides a short overview.

Print takes a look into the sensible, nonsensical world of Lorem ipsum text.

Source: It’s All Greek to Me: A Brief History of Lorem Ipsum Text – Print Magazine

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The Fascinating, Complicated Art of Designing a Book Cover

Useful interview with Paul Buckley, Creative Director of Penguin Classics and author of a new book on Penguin cover design.

Cover to Cover, a new book from Penguin Classics, is the closest I can get to looking at pornography in the office. I’ve stared at it for hours, flipping back and forth between covers I’…

Source: The Fascinating, Complicated Art of Designing a Book Cover

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