Production Portfolio:

Layout Design In Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Since September 2018, I have been studying for an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing. For one of the publishing units - Production Processes In Publishing - we had to create a portfolio exploring an element of production. Previous years had included things like how covers of James Bond novels have evolved over time or the use of dyslexia friendly fonts.

I had the idea of looking at how poetry is set out on the page, but to keep it focused I decided to look specifically at how designers have approached Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Unfortunately (!) part of the brief was that the form the portfolio took should, to some extent, match the content it was exploring. So it was I found myself writing 15 sonnets in three days to add commentary to an academic design project. I even got it turned into a paperback book in time for submission, courtesy of