Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Time to talk branding...logo wise.
Have been endlessly fiddling with the Open Book logo; and NO the above one is not the newest version, cute though it is. I tell you it's not easy. Illustrator and InDesign are great programs by Adobe, but trying to exactly come up with what you want to fit within the small, tiny framework allowable by Wordpress is to put it ever so gently - FRUSTRATING!
Wordpress is not an easy beast to wrestle with, at least the free version isn't. The themes are so not adaptable. But that I suppose is the price of admission.
Anyway, after trying to squeeze my logo designs into the banner header slot - oh my lordie. I swear steam jets were rising up out of my ears. I think I'll be working at this right up until our presentation in a few days. Mind you it's nice that my fellow bookshop crew are encouraging and allowing me to provide this. J has a friend who works professionally as a children's illustrator, however she's too busy to come up with something at the moment. A shame cause I'm sure her contribution would have been fabulous. Maybe we'll get her to do something at a later date - I do so love a good illustration.
Have a face-to-face meeting with several of my colleagues tomorrow arvo, which should consolidate our ideas for the presentation. Will check in with an update after meeting.
Here's another fabulous little picture book trailer. It's called - 'It's a Book'. Very apt for our class project I believe. Enjoy.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Very happy today, as I finally received back some answers from an interview I sent to several children's bookshop owner's from around my area in Yarraville and Williamstown (inner western suburbs of Melbourne).
The only one to respond (it's a start I know) is Dharma from JP Junior Everlasting Books on Somerville Road Yarraville - featured in my second assignment article and online piece. Plan to make this into an upcoming post on Open Book in the Kids section.
Getting information and interview material from busy bookshop owners is tough!! Learning that you have to create and maintain a relationship with the prospective owner, and give them something in return, not just take as it were.
Anyway, lots of fun, and quietly chuffed. The picture of Captain Pugwash refers to Dharma's love of this book...you'll have to wait and read it!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The process of having the article commissioned, writing it, and getting it edited by another colleague was also a challenging process. Mainly because I think J and I were a little confused over the actual process, and what was expected within the assignment. Generally we completed the task that was required, albeit rather sloppily from my end - no fault of J's. Communication during the process was via email, so at times it seemed to lag a little. Probably through my own slow reading and responding to emails. Nonetheless, J and I managed something reasonable, and it went into our first week or launch of our website - Open Book Melbourne.
Mind you it was lots of fun gathering the material for the article - that is visiting the bookshops and taking photos, and requesting interviews. My son even got in on the act, as you can see with last post's photo of the apple tree.
PS. Picture above is from Anthony Browne - one of the best modern children's illustrators from Britain, and a huge personal favourite. The picture is from his award winning bok Gorilla.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
The western Melbourne suburb of Yarraville is practically flooded with young families, filled to the brim with babies, toddlers, youngsters of all ages. Perfect setting then for several top notch dedicated children’s bookstores.
Two fabulous bookshops that openbookmelb will review include: JP Junior Everlasting Books, and an extension of the Sun Bookshop in Yarraville Village, the Younger Sun.
JP Junior Everlasting Books is an offshoot of JP Books an education bookseller and stockist catering to several independent schools around Melbourne. The Yarraville shop is run by one of the booksellers Dharma as an adjunct to the main business, and a personal passion of her own; as she says, ”The shop is filled with all the books that I loved growing up with.”
The store is located on Somerville Road Yarraville, unmistakeable with its outside wall festooned with a very cute mural.
(Of which my young bookshop tester enjoyed larking about with!)
Inside the store there is plenty of space, necessary for the large gatherings of young families—a weekly cyclonic pram city—assembling there every Thursday at 11am for Dharma’s entertaining book reading.
The store’s collection of both illustrated and AYA books is impressive to say the least. Every favourite author and illustrator is foreseeably covered along the bookshelf display, or in easy to find slipcases.
JP Junior is a fantastic bookshop and a wonderful addition to the local community. Get on down there, and enjoy chatting with someone as knowledgeable and passionate about children’s books as Dharma. A must for all fans of children’s books, young or old.
The Younger Sun (cute pun!) is an offshoot of Yarraville Village’s very successful and well-loved independent store, the Sun Bookshop, which is located adjacent to the historic Sun Theatre—an art deco masterpiece, restored and still thriving with packed crowds of cinema goers. The Younger Sun grew too large for the adult shop, and stepped across the road to a cosy space just about right for the intended reading age.
Inside it is fabulously well stocked with the latest and best of children’s literature and AYA books, puzzles, stuffed characters from picture books, plus it’s staffed by incredibly helpful and informative booksellers.
The store’s only drawback may be the very tight space inside, but only when it is busy with multiple shoppers at the same time. But generally, the shop is a fantastic space for finding that special book or something for the right niece or nephew, or indeed your youngest son. Highly recommended.