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“Working at IU Press is special because I believe we all have a genuine pride in our work and give our personal best to produce books that have lasting quality and enduring scholarship.” —Pam Rude, Senior Artist and Book Designer
A member of IUP for 29 years, Pam Rude was in art school when she first got a part-time position at the Press. Three years later she was promoted to full-time, and she has been a proud employee of IU Press ever since.
In her time here, she has witnessed the evolution of design work in publishing from manual to digital.
“Well, 25 years ago, design work in publishing was very different. Since we did not have computers, I really enjoyed creating covers by hand and building the book with a T-square, X-Acto knife, stat camera, and a light table. We had to wax, cut, and paste down the photo bluelines and captions by hand. We had to create our covers with colored paper, wax, and used transparent film showing the title of the cover and acrylic paints to show the color of the type. Then it was physically routed around the Press for approval,” she said.
Her favorite project during her time at IU Press was designing Perennials Short and Tall by Moya L. Andrews, for which she won a design award. She enjoyed the collaboration that went into the final product “I got to work more closely with author and illustrator than ever before.”
In her free time, she likes to read, and her favorite author is Gene Stratton-Porter.
Proud member of IU Press since 1987
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