Clemson University Press is a learning lab for students, who gain hands-on, professional experience in editing, design, and marketing. Students contribute to actual publications and build portfolios, gain skills in industry-standard software and procedures, and receive career mentoring. During the 2020–21 academic year, the Press had the honor of working with a talented designer, Lindsay Scott, who recently completed a Master’s degree at Clemson.
Lindsay began working with the Press during the spring 2020 semester, after enrolling in a graduate course taught by the Press’s staff and offered under the auspices of the Department of English. Lindsay continued her work with the Press during the fall 2021 semester, as a design intern. She worked on an impressive array of projects from professional logos and standout book covers to eye-catching seasonal catalogs.
Lindsay developed the logo for the Press’s first imprint: Clemson Extension Publishing, established through a partnership between the Press and Clemson Cooperative Extension to publish books and guides in Extension-related fields, including gardening, forestry, agriculture, nutrition, and food safety. The elegant logo that she designed will appear on all forthcoming books published in the imprint: it will signal quality, trusted information to readers across the state and region. Lindsay also redesigned the cover of The Journal of South Carolina Water Resources, refreshing the look and feel of one of the two journals associated with the imprint. (The new design will make its debut with the journal’s next issue.)
Working within the University’s branding standards and complementing the aesthetic of past publications, Lindsay developed a signature aesthetic on the books and promotional materials that she designed for the Press. During her tenure with the Press, she designed multiple book covers, namely those of Clemson University: A Campus Coloring Book, an annotated edition of Manhattan Transfer; Woodstock Then and Now; Ice on a Hot Stove, a poetry anthology launching a partnership with Converse College; and Unbuilt Clemson. She also designed the interior of Unbuilt Clemson, a coffee-table style book examining unrealized building projects throughout the history of Clemson University. Lindsay also designed two seasonal catalogs to promote the Press’s growing list, imparting the same distinct look of the rest of her work while complementing the cover designs of the front-list titles in each season.
Lindsay’s internship contributed significantly to Clemson’s publishing program as well as to her professional development and career trajectory. “What started out as a course in academic publishing,” Lindsay remarked, reflecting on her internship, “grew into my most impactful professional experience. . . . I learned more about publishing and design in a year with the Press than I did in six years of schooling. The Press gave me the opportunity and confidence to pursue my professional goals in publishing and design, in a practical way that I otherwise wouldn’t have acquired.” Everyone at the Press thanks Lindsay for her many contributions over the past 18 months and wishes her well on the promising career she has ahead of her.
If you would like to support additional opportunities for Clemson students to gain hands-on experience working with the Press, please consider sponsoring a named internship. For additional details, see the Support page on our website or contact John Morgenstern.