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DESIGN

For us, good design prioritises both form and function. We are a team of creative professionals with experience from a multitude of design disciplines. Design for publishing is our forte. This can include a range of books, magazines, catalogues, and even academic journals, but our clients also hail from well beyond the world of publishing. From logos and brand identities to digital marketing and print materials, we'll work alongside you to help make your brand soar. We will happily work with you on all of your creative needs, from initial concepts, and style guide creation, through to the final product delivery. Whatever the size or complexity of your project, our team will work to ensure that your products are completed to the highest quality.

We understand that each of our clients is unique, and with that comes particular needs. We make it our business to get to know our clients, so that we understand their specific requirements from both a personal and corporate level. We'll listen to you every step of the way ensuring open communication throughout, so you can be confident we'll deliver the desired final outcome.

TYPESETTING

PDQ have been typesetting for publishers for over 25 years, so you can trust us to have a thorough understanding of the industry. We typeset materials from every genre and intended for audiences of every age group. Our extensive portfolio of work covers, but is not limited to, education, fiction, non-fiction titles, children's stories, catalogues and technical manuals. We consistently work with the world's largest global publishers to produce educational materials across the entire curriculum. This includes the typesetting of maths using a MathType (Microsoft Word) and Mathtools (Adobe InDesign) industry standard workflow for both primary, secondary, and higher education.

We understand the importance of designing for accessibility, age appropriate legibility, and cultural sensitivity. The point is, when it comes to educational design, you can trust us with the details.

ILLUSTRATION

Whether you need help telling a beautiful story, or you need a series of charts and graphs designed to teach maths, our team of artists can make it come to life. We take on projects large and small and we love a challenge. We work primarily in digital, but we love an opportunity to utilise traditional methods as well. You may be looking for something whimsical and romantic or possibly something polished and pristine – whatever you're after, our team promises to produce beautiful artwork to suit your project, and better yet, we promise to do it on time!

Because artwork is such an important and integral part of the message you're sending to your audience, we aim to provide clear communication with our clients every step of the way. We want to make things as simple as possible for you, which is why we're happy to settle on costs up-front, rather than at an hourly rate, so you'll have no unpleasant surprises at the end of your project.

PRE-PRESS & REPROGRAPHICS

Our pre-press department is where it all began. Our reprographics team boast a deep understanding of print production and its processes, which has kept our clients happy throughout our history of producing top notch work. Regardless of the size of your project, timescales for delivery or complexity, our pre-press group will always ensure that your projects are completed to the highest quality.

Scanning and image capture: Our state-of-the-art scanning and photographic equipment allows us to offer the highest quality digital capture, retouching and colour correction of your original documents or artwork. Our quality control procedures guarantee that image output matches original documentation and is delivered in the required format. So whether you're looking to digitise a hefty stack of paperwork, or recreate a stunning masterpiece, we have the tools and expertise to help you get it done.

PDF creation: Our automated processes enable us to produce press ready pdfs which have been checked by industry standard software.

Printing: We are pleased to be able to offer our clients access to our digital printing facilities. We also offer large format printing on a range of materials.

File Conversion: We have all the tools necessary to convert your files into any format. Whether you're hoping to save time on converting a large collection of documents, or you have a handful of files from obsolete programs (we're looking at you, Quark) which need to be accessible in modern software or indeed xml, we've got you covered.

EDITORIAL

Our partners at Just Content are highly experienced freelance copyeditors, proof-readers, indexers and project managers, dedicated to ensuring the highest possible quality for your content. As a team, we take content and manuscripts from first draft to final output. We also provide support with separate pre-press or other editorial activities as you need them. We are comfortable working with digital content or hard copies and are happy to liaise directly with authors or suppliers, including creating briefs and providing quality assurance checks as needed.

DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT

File storage and organisation can be one of the biggest headaches for modern companies, which is why we are delighted to be able to offer our clients a web-based digital asset management system which will tick all the boxes. There's no need for any special software as it's accessible through your web browser, meaning you and your team can access, browse, search, and download your files at any time, from anywhere in the world. This centralised data library is robust enough to handle any kind of files, including raw photographs and high definition video. Metadata tools make it simple for you to tag and search your files, so you can find what you're looking for without the faff. Your team can easily add new users to the system or restrict access if you're working on a confidential project. When you want to know who has looked at a particular file, just print a report.

ePUBLISHING

At PDQ our team of expert ebook formatters have invested time and resources into creating an exclusive software to help simplify the process of converting your published pages into a digital format for e-readers. The product is all code-driven and styled with CSS, so it's up to you to decide if you want fixed layout pages or text that will reflow depending on the readers' style preferences. The books are designed for optimum device compatibility, and we are careful to make sure that they will retain backwards compatibility with older devices as well. We are also happy to offer read-aloud audio for your text content.

PACKAGING

We like to think we are not like other packagers. Not only do we offer content services from the concept and commissioning stage onward, but the Just Content team is made up of dedicated content specialists and publishing professionals with the benefit of strong in-house publishing backgrounds. We have experience of consistently working with high profile clients on a freelance basis, and many of our staff specialise in STEM and Vocational Education.

PDQ's partnership with Just Content allows us to specialise in delivering an end-to-end service, for both print and digital. If, however, you only need help with a specific aspect of a project, we are more than happy to handle individual elements too. Our team can offer the skills and experience needed to accomplish your project to the highest possible standard. We work in a matrix way, deploying additional resource for assignments where schedules, complexity or other challenges require additional pairs of hands. We have become adept at working in this way and over the past 5 years the PDQ-Just Content relationship has been proven time and time again.