Palimpsest rebrands for the first time in 27-year history

Palimpsest rebrands for the first time in 27-year history

Scottish  book production company Palimpsest has rebranded for the first time in 27 years, with a new logo design and website structure.  

A specialist in the provision of typesetting and pre-press services to the publishing world, the Falkirk-based organisation has enjoyed an increase in new business enquiries since becoming an employee-owned business three years ago. When previous owners Craig and Ruth Morrison retired, they opted to transition Palimpsest into employee ownership with a view to secure employment for the staff. This development helped facilitate Palimpsest’s rebrand. 

“The modernising rebrand has been done entirely in-house and was spurred by the firm's move to employee ownership in 2018, which gave employees more scope to make changes they feel would be beneficial to the company,” the company said. It hoped that the rebrand "will reflect a new direction for the firm as it seeks to expand the business in the coming months and continue to blossom under employee ownership".

Palimpsest branding co-ordinator Michelle Walker said: “We have been working on a rebrand plan for some time now and we are delighted to see it has taken shape the way we planned. All of the work has been carried out by our dedicated team in-house, from the logo design to the website restructuring. Each member of our 21-strong team has played an integral role in the planning process. 

“With our improved designs it will mark a new chapter for Palimpsest as we continue to seek opportunities to expand the business into other areas in the publishing sector." 

Since 1994, Palimpsest has contributed to more than 60,000 books and e-books. It did the design and typesetting J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Bloomsbury) and a special edition of both “Fantastic Beasts” screenplays for dyslexic readers. It has also been responsible for the typography for titles such as Elton John’s autobiography Me (Pan Macmillan), Billy Connolly’s Tall Tales and Wee Stories (Two Roads) and Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library (Canongate).  

Andrew Dowell, employee director at Palimpsest, said: “Becoming employee-owned has given us a lot more scope to make the changes we think would be beneficial to the company, and has ultimately facilitated the rebrand. 

“Craig and Ruth invested a great deal of trust in all of us at Palimpsest, which we will forever be grateful for. It is with this trust that we felt responsible to accelerate a rebrand which has been in the pipeline for some time.”