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How do they do … books?

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Do you ask yourself how certain stuff is produced? How they do it?
I am asking myself quite often this question. I am so curious.

There is something I already wanted to know when I was a little child. You know that I love to read.
So how do they do books?

Meanwhile I am happy that I am able to answer this question.
And while answering this question, I can also show how they work in my industry.
How a Media designer works.

I am doing anything that is connected with Pre-Press. I am working closely with Publishers and Printing Shops.

First person in book-production is the author.
The author has to write a book. Then he offers this book to publishers. When the publisher accepts the book, I become part of the game.

Roughly you can distinguish six sections until you can hold the finished book in your hands.

  1. Design:
    Creating the layout. Sometimes you have to stick to an existing layout, since textbooks are published in series.
  2. Preparing type setting:
    Editorial office is checking the text of the author and prepares it for typesetting.
    They specify headlines etc. Media designers should never have to decide if text has to be set bol or italic. This is written down in typesetting specifications.
  3. Typesetting and proof reading:
    Entering the text into layout, make up, submitting text to proof reading.
  4. Pre Press:
    In my opinion #3 is also part of Pre Press, but this part is explicit for image processing.
  5. Printing:
    Happens usually via Offset printing, but also via digital printing. Digital printing is similar to the way you print a text at home or in office.
  6. Book binding.

Certainly we don’t have to follow the steps one after the other.
I am a full service company and offer book production from A to Z. Sent the manuscript to me and I will finally send a printable PDF to publisher or printing shop.

I have visualized the work flow of book production. Working steps are calculated via Working Days (WD). A very rough calculation. Sometimes it happens very fast, and sometimes it is a very slow process.
Some parts can be influenced by me, others no chance. Proof reading by the author (for example) – this can be very quick, if he has read the text carefully before sending it to publisher. It also can take ages.

Now lets have a closer look. -> read more

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Hello everybody.

I am quite happy to be here.
Dang it was quiet a journey – but i finally arrived.

All over the day I have spent my time to figure out how to manage this blog.
I am not yet sure, if I understood everything – but i guess it will get better day by day.

This is a baby-blog – a blog, that is still under construction.
But this blog has a huge protector: the orange.

I am a graphic- and media designer, and I am going to talk about  interesting stuff. At least it is interesting stuff in my opinion. Stuff from the fields of graphic design, fonts, colors – not always orange – but as well photography or social subjects of the world.

I regard myself as a political girl. Therefore I love to poke my finger on social injustice, I am going to comment newspaper artikels or just babble about the world.

My mother tongue is German, but I also love to talk English – and since many of my friends are from the USA, Canada, Great Britain or Australia – yeah blogging will happen in English too.
Everybody should be able to understand – but please forgive my way of treating the English language.

If you are polite, feel free to improve me, if you can’t be polite, keep your critic.

Hope everybody is enjoy themselves as much as I do


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