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Lea Abot, MA International Publishing

The exhibition catalogue

Banlieue Network

At the end of semester 1, one of our lecturers presented the cohort a project to develop an exhibition catalogue in partnership with the Modern Languages department at Oxford Brookes. She needed a team of publishing students to help with the creation and production of an accompanying catalogue for an exhibition the following April about the Parisian Banlieue. The book would be bilingual in English and French. Having previous experiences in exhibition catalogue creation and being a native French speaker, I jumped at the opportunity! The benefit of this unusual work experience – I was not working for a publishing house! – was absolutely brilliant: Oxford-based, my own time management and a lot of responsibilities. I was not just assisting someone, but I was rather at the centre of the creation of the whole book.

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As we were creating the book from scratch, I had the chance to complete a multiple set of tasks, from editorial, to marketing, via production and design. I was the principal designer for the project, using InDesign to design the entire book, its cover, the whole of the marketing material and the title board of the exhibition – all in less than two months. This experience has offered me the chance to cultivate my ideas and create a portfolio, which I will be able to present during future interviews.

Posted on 01 Apr 2014 around 1pm

Filed Under Publishing Work Experience