What is the future of academic publishing? We’re celebrating University Press Week (8-14 November 2015) and Academic Book Week (9-16 November) with a series of blog posts on scholarly publishing from staff and partner presses. Here’s a quick round-up of topics discussed on the University Press Week blog tour on Wednesday.
For the last few years, the AAUP has organized a University Press blog tour to allow readers to discover the best of university press publishing. On Wednesday, their theme was “Design” featuring interviews with designers, examinations of the evolution of design, and parsing the process itself.
“Like a lot of us, I stumbled into publishing.” Interview with Northwestern University Press Art Director Marianne Jankowski.
The many layers of book design. Princeton University Press launched their own tumblr on design.
Design through the decades. MIT Press has a video that illustrates the trends in design through MIT Press covers.
“To each idea its book, and to each book its cover.” Karl Janssen, Art Director and Webmaster of University Press of Kansas, discusses book cover design.
How structure becomes design. Georgetown University Press Languages Director Hope LeGro weighs in to discuss how an acquisitions editor prepares a language textbook manuscript and accompanying materials to move into design.
How can you be both plain and fancy? Syracuse University Press interviews designer Lynn Wilcox.
“The words themselves are our art direction.” Stanford University Press interviews the husband-wife designer duo Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein.
Statistics are sexy. Harvard University Press blog chats with HUP Senior Book Designer Jill Breitbarth about one of her recent projects, a forthcoming book from Stephen M. Stigler.
Free fonts. Athabasca University Press dives into the designer’s toolbox.
Typography only. Yale University Press book designers talk cover design without images.
Be sure to look out for blog posts from Project MUSE, University of Minnesota Press, University of Chicago Press, University of Manitoba Press, University of Washington Press, Duke University Press, University of Texas Press, University of Michigan Press, Minnesota Historical Society Press, University of California Press, University of Toronto Press, and Fordham University Press later today.
Featured image: Landscape. Photo by Larry Chen. CC0 via Unsplash.