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Why we’ve entered book into top design and production awards July 25, 2012

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Independent Education, John Catt Educational news.
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We think our production team have done a particularly excellent job with our recent release, Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools, so we have entered it into the British Book Design and Production Awards 2012.

The book, examining the role of physical education teaching and sports provision in the independent sector, is edited by Malcolm Tozer with illustrations by Anna Tozer and features contributions from leading names in sport including Sir Clive Woodward, Jonathan Edwards, Baroness Grey-Thompson and Roger Black, with a foreword by HRH The Princess Royal.

We’ve entered the book into the Secondary Education section of the awards and the Best British Book category. Competition will be fierce in the awards, organised by the BPIF in association with Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association. The awards ceremony is at Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London in November.

We’ve already told you plenty about what’s in the book in previous posts – for example, this one here – but here’s a little about its design and production:

–  It uses Plantin, a transitional serif typeface named after the printer Christophe Plantin. It was first cut in 1913 and is one of the typefaces that influenced the creation of Times Roman in the 1930s – a truly British typeface.

– For layout, we used the ‘Golden Section/Ratio’. There was a time when layout rarely deviated from these page proportions: 2:3, 1:√3. Many books produced between 1550 and 1770 show these proportions exactly, to within half a millimetre.

– Throughout the text, the paper used is Munken Print Cream, which combines the best properties of woodfree and wood-containing paper. It provides bulk, strength, surface, readability and printability that has been optimised for book productions.

To order a copy of the book, visit our bookshop.

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