Meet the Floris Design team!
Posted on 29/06/2016 in Design and Illustration
The design and production team at Floris Books are a key part of the publishing process. They are responsible for taking a manuscript and transforming it into an actual book! Read on and meet the Floris Design team!
I’m Richard, one of the Designers here at Floris. It’s my job to work with an editor to take a manuscript and transform it into a finished book, designing the covers and layout, commissioning illustrators and handling the production right up to delivery. I’ll be blogging with the rest of the team and giving you an insight into being a designer at Floris Books.
Graphics tablet or pen and paper?
A mix of both. Pen and ink first, then digital tidying up.
What’s the best part about working at Floris?
Many things, but getting manuscripts back with queries like “Is this font tomatoey enough?” and working out how a elk-operated Viking spa entrance might function are recent highlights.
What’s the first picture book you remember reading?
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
I’m Michaela, the Design & Production Assistant at Floris Books. I work closely with our wonderful printers on books we’re currently printing as well as titles that are coming in the future. Like Richard, I also typeset and design book layouts, along with a bit of everything that comes along with producing a book; from cover design to eBooks!
What food/drink helps you get through the day? (The answer is definitely going to be tea)
Without a doubt: tea with milk… no sugar, please! Although, a wee biscuit never goes amiss too.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve read or been given?
‘Don’t stop learning’. One of the best things about designing is that you’re constantly learning and developing as you create. Whether it’s learning new methods or skills, I’ve found that making time to learn is a great way to bolster your confidence and creativity.
Favourite place in Edinburgh?
National Museum of Scotland, it has a bamboozling array of interesting collections, and information, in a beautiful building. It’s my favourite place to spend the day in Edinburgh.
I’m Leah, the Floris Books Design and Production Manager. I manage the overall schedules of the 120+ books we print each year, as well as commissioning illustrators and designing book covers and interiors. It’s also my job to ensure that the creative vision of the company is nurtured and our high standards maintained.
What is the most ridiculous thing on your desk?
A panda that punches metal-free staples with its bottom.
Biggest inspiration professionally?
Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada. I’d like to think that one day, I’ll have someone to take my coat and bag and give me a coffee when I come into the office in the morning…
What’s your ‘desert island’ picture book?
The Heart in the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers. It’s one of the few British picture books that dares to deal with a heavy subject, and Jeffers does it in such a poignant and wonderful way.
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