Europe China Research & Advice Network (ECRAN)

Client: Steinbeis
Requirements: Design communications and visibility materials for EU funded program.
Skills: Identity design, print design, print management.
Results: Project identity, stationery, seven books.

A reflection of China's growing importance globally was the EU project Europe China Research & Advice Network (ECRAN). The overall objective of the project was "to further enhance the understanding and expertise in Europe on developments taking place in China." To help realise this objective, academic titles on relevant topics were written and produced.

I worked alongside researchers from The University of Nottingham and Chatham House in London. The most challenging client request was to produce well designed, printable, client-editable books using Microsoft Word. The struggles with MS Word were offset by learning that decent design is possible with rudimentary software and system fonts. In addition, the global nature of the work made it a satisfying experience. Although living in Australia at the time, I completed the works liaising with content providers in the UK and printers in Germany.