Project archive: Other websites

Academy of New Zealand Literature

The Academy of New Zealand Literature / Te Whare Mātātuhi o Aotearoa is a writer-led initiative developed to help New Zealand’s active practitioners sustain themselves – creatively, intellectually, psychically, practically – through a writer’s life.

Bookswarm developed the brand identity for the Academy and applied it to new website that was designed to present a contemporary picture of the New Zealand literary scene.

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Agile Marketing

Agile Marketing is a small team of dedicated individuals around the country who deliver campaigns for publishers, retailers, media partners and sponsors.

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Aimer Media

Aimer make apps and work with book publishers to be part of the response to the challenge of digital in publishing. They’ve found that existing forms of publication contain much more structure and “cleverness” than can be seen on the printed page and work with publishers to make great apps.

Bookswarm created a new, responsive website for Aimer to showcase their extensive portfolio, including integration with Apple’s App Store API to automatically pull through app icons, prices and more.

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Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland established itself as the leading Scottish International Crime Writing Festival in 2012 with acclaimed writers Lin Anderson and Alex Gray at the helm, then joined by Craig Robertson and Gordon Brown. Based in Stirling, Bloody Scotland has brought hundreds of crime writers new and established to the stage with always enthusiastic attendees who make the festival every bit as much as the writers do.

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Books from Scotland

BooksfromScotland showcases the best books of Scottish interest around, including the latest children’s, fiction and selected non-fiction titles, as well as titles from publishers based in Scotland.

Bookswarm developed a new Books from Scotland brand identity and a new website to showcase the Scottish titles, as well as developing a technical strategy to help easily identify which titles should include, based on processing of bibliographic data from Nielsen.

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Bounce Sales & Marketing

Bounce Sales & Marketing represent 40 independent children’s publishers to the trade both in the UK and overseas. From beautiful, award-winning picture books to bestselling YA fiction, colourful early learning board books to fun and insightful reference and non-fiction titles, Bounce has a children’s book for every age and every taste, while helping booksellers discover hidden gems and give their customers a bespoke range of titles perfect for their communities.

The website we created for Bounce is designed to make it as easy as possible for their customers – booksellers, libraries, schools – to place orders and request materials from their client publishers. The emphasis is on making these transactions as quick and painless as possible.

The bibliographic information in the website is drawn from the Supafolio system.

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Byte The Book

Byte The Book’s network helps its members make useful connections within the book industry and other allied industries and enables them to understand their publishing options and become more literate in the business of books.

Their new website allows members to join and manage their membership online, update their public profile online, and use the members-only message board to network with their peers.

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Carmelite Prize

The Carmelite Prize is an exciting award created to recognise excellence in children’s book illustration, with the aim of encouraging and inspiring the next generation of illustrators for children’s stories.

We created a microsite for Hachette Children’s to promote the prize and allow budding illustrators to enter.

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Cityread London

Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread asks London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together. Taking the chosen novel as a starting point, a month-long programme of book groups, film screenings and other events takes place across all 33 London boroughs in libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues.

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Cornerstones is one of the founding UK literary consultancies, set up in 1998, with a reputation spread by word-of-mouth with agents, publishers and writers.

We wanted the website to emphasise this depth of experience and know-how.

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Dominion of Drama

Dominion of Drama is an IP & above-the-line production company founded by award-winning author turned writer-producer Jeff Norton. Dominion develops exceptional scripted stories and partners with top talent and best-in-class producers, platforms, and distributors to tell tall tales to audiences around the world.

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Faber Factory

Faber Factory is a eBook conversion and distribution service created by Faber, which represents over 100 of the finest independent publishers in the world, helping them achieve strong sales results and sharing with them our unique digital publishing insights.

We created a new single-page site to summarise their service offering and clients, and reflect the results of a recent re-branding exercise.

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Filotico Arts

Branding and website design for cultural consultancy and production company Filotico Arts.

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Grey Area Coaching

A website for a new venture from David Roche, providing professional coaching and mentoring services to a range of specialist niches, including several in the publishing sphere.

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Horrid Henry

Welcome to Horrid Henry’s special place, his wonderful and most Horrid website, which is all about Horrid Henry himself – with loads to watch, loads to listen to and loads to do.

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Illumicrate is the subscription box for book lovers everywhere, dedicated to bringing its customers the best new releases and other fun things that book lovers are sure to enjoy.

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Janey Burton

A new website for Janey Burton, a publishing consultant specialising in editorial services and contract negotiation.

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Kelly Weekes

Kelly is a social media expert and Facebook ads strategist specialising in the book industry.

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Library 21 visualisation

Working with The Literary Platform Collective for The Reading Agency, our brief was to create a visual journey through Library 21 that would support their conversations with partners, developers and funders.

Our work included:

  • Creating use cases and user journeys based on the findings in the report
  • Commissioning illustrations of the user journeys including key elements of the user experience and the environment
  • Creating an infographic that presented key data included in the report
  • Working with TLP to publish these – together with their drawings of technical schema and key system interfaces – as a coherent narrative, which we did using the Creatavist platform

Illustrations by Sam Murdoch of Crush Creative.

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Libreria Inventory Management

Bookswarm created a bespoke Point-of-Sale and stock management system – Libreria Bookscanner – powered using WordPress and its popular WooCommerce plugin. Stock is added using a barcode scanner, with book details and covers downloaded in real time from Nielsen’s BookData web services.

Libreria, a new book shop, printing press, and interdisciplinary community space, merges state of the art design and technology with a fresh enthusiasm for physical bookselling. From Rohan Silva and Sam Aldenton, the founders of Second Home, the iconic East London space for entrepreneurs and creative businesses, Libreria blends the best of the digital and analogue worlds.

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Lucy Ridout Editorial

Lucy provides professional fiction and travel editing for debut writers and established authors. Her portfolio includes first-time fiction and bestsellers, travel memoirs and prizewinning novels. We created a new site to showcase her work and the many testimonials from delighted clients, to explain exactly what the editing process involves, and to make it really easy for potential clients to get in touch.

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Mark Hutchinson Management

MHM is an independent PR and communications agency, based in London, with expertise in profile management and in creating campaigns for the arts, book publishing, food, and business sectors. Clients include Nigella Lawson, J.K. Rowling and Andrea Levy.

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Nielsen Bestseller Awards

Website showcasing the winners of the new Nielsen Bestseller Awards.

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Nomad Books

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Oxford Edit Write

Oxford Edit Write offers a range of editorial services to authors and publishers, specialising in the educational sector and trade books for children.

Whether you’re an author or a publishing company, they can support you at any stage or all the way – from concept proposals and commissioning right through to proofreading. With expert project management and a friendly, efficient approach, their goal is to see your projects come to life.

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PHOENIX Magazine

We worked with London fashion and lifestyle magazine PHOENIX to upgrade their website, allowing them to publish monthly digital issues in addition to their twice-a-year print editions. This is more than just a news section, as articles are organised in to monthly issues, as well as organised in to categories.

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Publishing Connections

Brand development and website design for new global publishing consultancy founded by Alistair Burtenshaw.

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Return of a Native

Photographer and writer Joanna Wing explores the lives of creative people and their relationship to place, in photo-essays enlivened by extensive research and links to further reading and musical accompaniments.

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Royal Society of Literature

For nearly 200 years, the Royal Society of Literature has celebrated and nurtured all that is best in British literature, past and present.

Bookswarm has created a new responsive website to allow them to showcase their work and the great names among the RSL Fellows.

This was updated in 2017 to reflect the launch of the RSL’s Literature Matters campaign.

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Smith & Baxter

Smith & Baxter is a small and friendly PR agency specializing in food, drink, books, arts and lifestyle.

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Sports Book Awards

The British Sports Book Awards exist to highlight and give prominence to the very best sports books published in the previous calendar year.

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The Book Marketing Society

The Book Marketing Society was launched in November 2004 with the objective of becoming the representative body of marketing within the book industry. We created the second version of this site in 2018 using an online membership site, including a members area where logged-in users can access a database of award-winning book marketing case studies.

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The Classic Books Company

Retail site where readers can choose from thousands of classic books in the English language, with free UK delivery.

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The Jane Grigson Trust

The Jane Grigson Trust is an educational charity set up in 1991 in memory of the great British cookery writer Jane Grigson. Its aim is to advance the public understanding of food, its cultural and nutritional aspects, and the art of its preparation.

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The Marketing Alliance

The Marketing Alliance is a small marketing agency specialising in publishing, education and EdTech, founded and run by Julia Garvey.

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The University Press Group (UPG)

The University Press Group (UPG) is jointly owned by the University Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton and is responsible for the sales of their print books in the UK and Ireland, Europe, The Middle East and Africa.

We created a simple website to showcase recent titles published by UPG presses, and highlight positive review coverage, as well as making it easy for anyone to download catalogues.

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The William Morris Society

The William Morris Society was founded in 1953 to make the life, work and ideas of William Morris (1834-96) better known. Morris was an artist, designer, craftsman, writer and socialist who was a revolutionary force in Victorian Britain.

We designed a new website for the Society, launched on its 60th birthday, working with a new brand identity designed by Pentagram.


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Yale Representation

Yale Representation provides a managed sales representation service in the UK for a number of prestigious publishers. We created a new website for them, to replace their old Drupal-based site. It includes a bookshops section with dynamic map, and different ways to explore Yale Representation’s clients and their wonderful books.

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