Design & Layout

We have produced books, both hardback and soft-cover, for other people, with other people and on our own behalf. We are happy to merely advise, or to participate at any level of the book production and publication process. We can help with updating and reprinting existing titles, turning part-finished design concepts into press-ready PDFs or creating an entire book as a commission including format, title, image processing, writing, design, layout, pre-production and printing/distribution.

We specialise in producing exhibition catalogues for art galleries and artists, as well as invitations, promotional and point-of-sale material. We are happy to help event organisers with high-quality publications that support their activities and help raise awareness and funds.

Working with our state-of-the-art Mac setup, using software such as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, we can produce simple or sophisticated design concepts involving imaginative use of text and pictures. We are able to acquire, process, enhance and resize images on behalf of authors, artists and galleries, applying design effects during the layout process. We are happy to advise on paper, cover formats and typography. Finally, we produce high-resolution files to the chosen printer's specification and carry out a final check at the proofing stage to achieve a fast and cost-effective result.

Whether it is the short-run digital printing of a catalogue or brochure, or sheet-fed litho printing of several thousand casebound hardback books, Mascot Media is happy to advise on options and help secure the services of the best printer for the job. We can use our industry contacts to procure competitive print quotes for all types of publication. We can advise on format, covers, paper, etc, and will liaise with the printer throughout the production process to ensure a high-quality product.

For our own titles, and those produced for the majority of our clients, we prefer to print in the UK. We like to support what is left of the British printing industry and also feel that we have greater control over the timetable and the finished product. For the relatively short runs required for most of our titles, we find that UK printers can be competitive, efficient and provide an excellent service, without the need for us to leave a heavy carbon footprint.

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