cecile

X-Height Studio was founded in 1999 by Cecile Kaufman. Educated at Massachusetts College of Art and the University of California at Berkeley, she received her B.A. with honors in Comparative Literature in 1986. Cecile is a graphic designer, editor, project manager, and print buyer with over twenty years experience in publishing and commercial graphic arts.

Cecile began her career in publishing as a freelance proofreader for HarperCollins in San Francisco and as a layout artist at the graphic design studio, Design and Direction. For five years, she was associate art director for ComputerLand Magazine, where she designed and produced articles, commissioned illustrations and photography, directed photo shoots, performed press checks, and supervised freelancers. Later she worked as a book designer and production manager at Waite Group Press, an imprint of Macmillan Computer Publishing. As production manager, Cecile managed the process from copyediting manuscripts to interacting with printers. She hired and supervised designers, illustrators, production editors, copyeditors, layout artists, and proofreaders and also contracted with freelancers.

After moving to Massachusetts in 1998, Cecile worked as a project manager for Pearson Custom Publishing before starting her own business. Cecile leads an extensive nationwide network of highly-skilled designers, compositors, writers, editors, proofreaders, and indexers. X-Height Studio has completed projects for a wide range of clients, including Sterling Publishing, Mill Hill Press, Colonial Williamsburg, Pearson Education, Course Technology, Wadsworth, Houghton Mifflin, Butterworth-Heinemann, Microsoft Press, Lightspeed Publishing, Sensortech Systems, Creative Solutions, and Cisco Systems.

If you are a publisher, X-Height Studio can handle design, production, or any piece of the puzzle for you. Or let Cecile know your thoughts and she can put together a team, including acquiring the author, and manage the entire project for you. If you are an author interested in self-publishing, X-Height Studio can edit, design, and produce your work, and deliver printed books to your warehouse. If you have a need for any printed product, whether labels, packaging, brochures, flyers, or posters, we can design and produce it for you, and deliver the final product. Just call, or email, or click on the link at the top of the page to request a quote.