Monday, May 5, 2008

Introducing CATHERINE THOMPSON


Title/Position/responsibilities at Barbour:
Production Design Manager- I work with sponsoring editors to ensure proper layout design for each project and maintain a consistent workflow to ensure probability of meeting all deadlines for projects. I oversee the workflow and distribution of projects to typesetters and provide ongoing training for all typesetters. I build templates and design/layout complex reference books. I assist with production issues related to jacket design. I maintain our archiving process of all our electronic files.

How long have you worked at Barbour?
2 years and 8 months

What has been the biggest change you’ve seen in your years with the company?
We have a new VP in our department.

What are your dreams for Barbour’s near future?
I hope to see our creative area grow.

What is your favorite task associated with your job description? Least favorite?
Designing the complex full-color reference books is my favorite. Least would be dealing with printer issues.

Are there any areas under your supervision in which you’re actively searching for new projects?
We are focusing more on training to help keep our typesetters refreshed with creativity.

What project is consuming your energies this month?The Jesus of the Bible. It is a full-color reference book. I am spending the month creating a design for it.

Do you ever find time to read for pleasure? If so, what book have you read recently?
I read for pleasure every night. I am currently reading Everyday Enlightenment by Dan Millman.

Can you tell us briefly about your family?
My father is a self-employed carpenter (retired). My mother is a self-employed cook/baker (retired). I have 6 sisters and 3 brothers putting me in 9th place.

Do you have a favorite quote that motivates you these days?
“Kindness is Timeless” —unknown

6 comments:

Mary Connealy said...

I'm from a family of eight kids, Catherine. I'm third in line.

I'll bet you've got a hundred books in you about being pushed around by big brothers and sisters.

Time for revenge???? :)

Pam Hillman said...

9th in line? Wowzers! I'm the baby of three, and everyone always accused me of being spoiled.

I.AM.NOT.SPOILED! (Pam wails) lol

Great to "meet" you Catherine. Sounds like you have a ton of fun in your job and we (as readers) get to benefit from from hard work. Thanks!

Katie Hart - Freelance Writer said...

I'm the oldest of nine myself (and no, I didn't push my siblings around . . . much). Great interview, Catherine!

NancyMehl said...

Nice to meet you, Catherine. Thank you for all your hard work. Readers and authors alike appreciate it!

Nancy

Cathy Messecar said...

Nice interview. Thanks for the insight. While I'm only an author of nonfiction, I recall several short fiction stories about older couples' romance in my "hope" files. It's a love-theme that shouldn't be overlooked with our aging population.

...Cathy

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your comments! It's nice meeting all of you.

Yes, I was beat up and tortured a lot by one specific brother. The good news is...he's paying for it now having 5 kids of his own. HAHA!!