Recently we were approached by the Cooperative Group to produce a book commissioned to mark the historic merger of United Co-operatives with the Co-operative Group in 2007. The brief was to edit Ed Glinert's text, design a suitable layout and produce 300 paperbacks.

We selected a choice of typefaces and produced samples of text pages as well as chapter openings each with a colour image facing the first page of the chapter. This established a style followed throughout the book. Some of our clients know exactly how they want their book to look, whereas others, as in this case, were pleased to have the choice narrowed down for their approval.

A nice touch was the colour frontispiece (a somewhat neglected concept for books these days) showing an oval portrait of the Manchester draper, Robert Owen, often dubbed the ’father of co-operation‘.

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