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More Hands at Mousehand

We have seen an increase in independent publishers coming through our doors since over the past 8 months. This necessitated the growth of Mousehand to accommodate all the authors looking to make the most of their writing. Enter Lauren Smith.

I am proud to officially introduce Lauren as the latest addition to the Mousehand Team. She join us at the beginning of the year and has settled in quickly, learning the publishing system and getting into our authors’ hearts. Coming from a background in advertising and design, she is embracing publishing in leaps and bounds.

We would like to share a snippet from our interview with Lauren…

Mousehand: Lauren, we know that you have recently been studying design, so you must have a favourite artist or style. Where do you find inspiration?
Lauren: I like to design with a clean approach in mind with minimal fuss. I never start a design before coming up with a solid concept. I am inspired by other designers, illustrators, photographers and artists. I also love typography; to me, there is nothing better than design that uses just the right font.

Mousehand: Tell us a bit about your design career to date. How did you get into design in the first place?
Lauren: I always knew I wanted to do something in the design field, and art has always been my passion. I started working for a function decor company when I was 16,¬† and once I had matriculated, I was offered a full-time position designing decor for corporate events and weddings. In 2007, I decided that it was time to study and further my knowledge of design. I enrolled at The Red and Yellow School of Logic and Magic and completed¬† a 3 year course in Graphic Design and Art direction. I was awarded a Loerie for a TV advert that I created in my 3rd year–very exciting to receive that!

Mousehand: What do you believe design can do for a book?
Lauren:
A well-designed cover can set the right mood or tone for the book, most people will tell you they won’t pick up a book unless it has a good cover. A good interior design and layout will help improve a book’s readability and can add value to the content. Most of all, design will enhance a book, making for an overall polished, good-looking project. I see it as the finishing touch to a well-written book!

Lauren has now been with us for 4 months and is already producing breath-taking cover designs, which we will feature on this blog. Lauren is “very excited to be part of the team”, and we are very happy to have her here, too!