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The Orchestral Harpist

Music publication

Project overview

We created and published a 96-page book of sheet music excerpts for Harp Column Music, a division of our flagship brand Harp Column. We collaborated with former Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal harp Sarah Bullen to edit and design the print-only publication of commonly performed orchestral excerpts, along with accompanying full-length PDF downloads. The book includes both text and notated music examples.

Our solution

From a design perspective, the biggest challenge was creating fresh, modern look, while also giving a nod to the client’s previous projects in this genre, which are well known in the field.

Design elements we used:

  • We utilized white space to highlight the copy, providing balance for pages heavy with music notation.
  • We organized and separated content by using lines.
  • We chose typography that both matched the classic nature of the content and also connected the project’s look to the nameplate of the publisher’s flagship magazine to provide brand continuity.
  • We incorporated magazine design elements such as pulled quotes and sidebars to make the content more reader-friendly.

Other features include:

  • 96-pg. print layout using InDesign
  • Preparation of eight full-length and excerpted music examples using Sibelius notation software
  • Branded template
  • Full color cover
  • Incorporation of music examples into copy flow
  • Image optimization and placement
  • Digital to print workflow and proofing
  • E-commerce integration with Harp Column Music

Meet the team

Kimberly Rowe (l.) and Alison Reese (r.)

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