User Design ➔ Our self-published bööks
Welcome to the self-published books website from User Design. Here you can find more information about our 3 illustrated books: The journey of larks, Life and Punctuation..? They can all be ordered from your local up-to-date bookshops, Waterstones, direct from the distributor Central Books, or from many other places. More information can be found on the webpage links below. Enjoy.
➔ The journey of larks
The journey of larks is played with language, words, illustration and typographic shenanigans:
- A wince of dentists.
- A lot of used car-dealers.
- A watch of Swiss.
The wit and poetry of this charming collection of collectives, will be gobbled up by anyone who enjoys word play and graphic communication.
Picture book, word play and graphic communication shenanigans.
A picture-led book (no text) story about one day in the life of somebody.
Picture book (no text), coffee table.
Punctuation..? explains the functions and correct uses of 21 of the most used punctuation marks. It is humorous, fully illustrated using real life scenarios and is for a wide age range (young to ageing) and intelligence (emerging to experts).
Informative, educational, fun.
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Books in the news/press
- Lauren Holden copywriter
Lauren (a freelance copywriter and journalist) has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her blog. Lancaster, UK.
- Newsletter of the Canberra Society of Editors
Farid from the Canberra Society of Editors has reviewed our book Punctuation..? in the newsletter of the Canberra Society of Editors (September to December 2016) which can be read here. Manuka, Australia.
- Reading Zone website
Lorraine a school librarian has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on the School Zone section of ReadingZone.com. Surrey, UK.
- Editors Victoria newsletter
Louise from Editors Victoria in Australia reviewed our book Punctuation..? in their August 2016 newsletter and can be seen on their website here. Victoria, Australia.
- Boldface blog
Andy has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on his blog. Surry Hills, Australia.
- separated by a common language blog
Lynne has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her blog. Brighton, UK.
- The Head’s Office blog
Julia has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her blog. Bristol, UK.
- Achilleas Kostoulas’s blog
Achilleas has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on his blog. Graz, Austria.
- Hannah McCall’s blog
Hannah has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her blog. Basingstoke, UK.
- Editage Insights website
Yateendra has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on the Editage website. Pune, India.
- ELT Planning blog
Peter has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on his blog. Bangkok, Thailand.
- Sprachrausch translation blog
Else has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her blog. Münster, Germany.
- Wow Women on Writing blog
Margo has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on the Wow Women on Writing blog. USA.
- American Copy Editors Society
David Sullivan has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on the American Copy Editors Society website. Illinois, USA.
- BEBC – Britain’s First and Leading Specialist ELT Bookseller
Our book Punctuation..? is now listed on their website.
- Humanising Language Teaching magazine
Hania from Humanising Language Teaching Magazine (Year 16; Issue 2; April 2014) has reviewed our book Punctuation..? The review can be read on their website. Poland.
- Keltic specialist ELT online bookshop
Our book Punctuation..? is now listed on their website. Oxford, UK.
- The Book Design Blog
Paul on his blog The Book Design Blog has showcased our 3 books. Manchester, UK.
- Ryan’s Lingustics blog
Ryan has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on his blog. Atlanta, USA.
- Creative Review magazine
Our 3 books have been featured on the Creative Review feed website. London, UK.
- And Read All Over blog
Joseph on his blog has reviewed our book: Punctuation..? Espoo, Finland.
- Making Noise and Hearing Things blog
Rachael on her blog has reviewed our book: Punctuation..? Seattle, USA.
- Emily Petersen blog
Emily on her blog has reviewed our book: Punctuation..? South
- Pikaland illustration website
Amy Ng from the illustration website Pikaland has reviewed our 3 books. Malaysia.
- 3×3 Magazine, Children’s Show competition, No. 9, 2012
From 1,500 entries from 35 countries all over the world, our book The journey of larks has been awarded a Merit (Young Adult category) in the 3×3 Magazine,
Children’s Show competition, No. 9, 2012. New York, USA. A subsequent printed annual will be published later in the year showcasing the work.
- European Cartoon Center Cartoonbooks Club blog
Our 3 books are now at the center and have been reviewed on their blog. Belgium.
- Cool Hunting design blog
The Cool Hunting design blog has showcased our books. New York, America.
- The Guardian newspaper: Steven Poole’s non-fiction choice
Steven Poole from the Guardian newspaper has reviewed our book: Punctuation..? the review can also be read here. London, United Kingdom.
- Under Consideration: FPO (For Print Only)
Under Consideration have reviewed and showcased 2 of our books: The journey of larks and Life. The review/showcase can be seen here. Austin, America.
- Forbidden Planet International blog
Our books have been reviewed on the Forbidden Planet International blog, an online store for comics, graphic novels and books. Yorkshire, UK. Some of the comments by Richard Bruton were as follows:
Regarding the illustration in general
The nearest I can get to comparison in my mind is the simple, primitive line art drawings that would accompany the great Spike Milligan, or
something almost like the pencil scribbles of John Lennon.
Regarding: The journey of larks and Life
Two are definitely of rather limited appeal to me, yet also have that perfect X factor that could make them huge hits in the novelty book market come Christmas.
[...] the third really has a chance, if presented and marketed properly, at becoming a required text for every primary and secondary in the land.
- The Cartoonist Blog
Our books have been showcased on The Cartoonist blog by Ralf Zeigermann (graphic designer, cartoonist and writer). London, UK.
- It’s Nice That (graphic design blog and company)
Our books have been showcased on their website in the monthly ‘Things, 64’ roundup section. London, UK. One of their comments is as follows:
[...] Punctuation..? which combines illustration and instruction in a manual that should probably be put into the hands of schoolchildren everywhere (and probably a few grown ups too).
It’s Nice That.
- Jasmine Hortop’s blog (a picture book lover)
Our books have been showcased on her blog. Birmingham, UK.
- The National Centre for Language and Literacy
Our books are now at the centre based at The University of Reading, UK, and on their website.
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