Testimonials: comments from clients

Dr Sue Bowler, Editor
Astronomy & Geophysics, Royal Astronomical Society:
"Paul has been responsible for the design and production of A&G magazine for more than 15 years. He has always produced layouts that balance the need to convey information from images and diagrams with excellent overall visual impact. He has ways to make detailed information look attractive without compromising readability or content – a recent contributor said: ‘I did not realise tables of data could look so attractive.’ Paul can be relied on to come up with good ideas when faced with unpromising images, hard-to-illustrate copy, and poorly drafted figures. He is also a notably sharp-eyed sub-editor, catching typos and inconsistencies. Paul has undertaken minor and major redesigns, freshening the appearance of A&G without losing the essential character. He is a valuable presence at Editorial Board meetings, where he gives a design perspective that supports the role of the magazine at all levels and with awareness of wider publishing pressures."

Dr Steve Welch, CEO, Electronics, Sensors, Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network:

"I have been impressed with the attention to detail, quality of product and ease of dealing with Paul. We often have to produce newsletters from a wide variety of source materials and to tight deadlines, but the end result consistently exceeds my expectations."

Gordon Fraser, Editor CERN Courier, CERN, Geneva:
"I am continually offered 'advice', but for me it has been a revelation to work with a real professional after all these years. I am very proud of the new-look CERN Courier. In this business one has to have flair and imagination, while on the other hand continually paying attention to detail. You can do that. Too many people can do either one or the other, but not both and their work is sloppy or insipid respectively. Thanks for all your help."

Neville Hollingworth, Science Programmes, Natural Environment Research Council:
"I would like to extend our thanks to you for your excellent work on the magazine and posters for The Fiery Deep. We found several areas to be especially worthy of praise. Your help and advice with the structure and content of the magazine, in addition to the contracted editing and production was greatly appreciated. The Fiery Deep publications were a great success and we would have no hesitation in recommending your work to any other individuals or organisations."

Prof. Bruce W D Yardley, Head of School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds:
"This [Annual Report] looks better than I had thought possible, and it will really help us look professional against the very best. Very many thanks indeed for all your hard work and good advice!"

Prof. Ken Phillips, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory:
"The Women In Astronomy leaflets look really great. Thanks a lot for your considerable help and patience over a long period of time."

Prof. Joe Cann, Chief Scientist, BRIDGE Project, School of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds:
"The BRIDGE magazine and posters would have had far less impact without the vision and creative imagination that you brought to the project. I was especially impressed with the way in which you were able to understand the concept that we had developed and turn our vague vision into concrete reality. It showed a rare empathy with our needs. The overall style of the magazine was perfect, and the design of the page layout extraordinarily sympathetic. I am still always delighted when I turn to the contents page, which lures the reader into the often complex and technical world of the mid-ocean ridges. The posters were wonderful at the finale itself. They glowed and glittered around the room and transformed what would otherwise have been a drab and chilly space into a warm and welcoming environment - as well as conveying our science and technology clearly and concisely."

Prof. Ian Howarth, Secretary, Royal Astronomical Society, University College London:
"I wanted to let you know that at today's Astronomy & Geophysics Editorial Board meeting there was much spontaneous praise for the quality of your work. Thanks for all your efforts!"

Dr Mike Hapgood, Secretary, Royal Astronomical Society, Rutherford Appleton Lab.:
"The RAS Council saw Geophysics In The UK at its meeting on Tuesday. They were delighted with the quality of the final result and asked me to pass on their thanks for all your work."

Dr A J Smith, Vice-President, Royal Astronomical Society, British Antarctic Survey:
"I've had some excellent feedback from colleagues on Geophysics In The UK. Everyone I've spoken to thinks it's brilliant! It will raise the profile of geophysics and of the Society."

Prof. Nigel Weiss, President, Royal Astronomical Society:
"I have now read Astronomy In The UK and I am really impressed. You [and the editor] have produced a document that the whole astronomical community will be proud of! Congratulations, and thanks on behalf of the RAS."

Dr Margaret Penston, Vice-President, Royal Astronomical Society, Institute of Astronomy:
"Astronomy In The UK looks fantastic. Congratulations - a magnificent combined effort and I know how hard you all worked to get it out so quickly. Thank you all very much. It will be a most useful publication to promote our science."

Dr Barrie W Jones, Open University, on the Life In The Universe leaflet:
"I'm very pleased with the result, I think it looks wonderful."

Prof. Mark E Bailey, Director, Armagh Observatory:
"Thanks again for your prompt responses and attention to detail. It's been a pleasure working with you."