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Hiragana/Katakana in 48 minutes

Japanese workbooks

Hiragana/Katakana in 48 minutes is published by Cengage Learning Australia and is designed for Year 7–10 students learning to read and write Japanese.

Nikki M Group provided publishing services to create two workbooks and a series of worksheets.

Our services included:

  • project management
  • typesetting
  • illustration
  • creative artwork
  • preparation for print.


Nikki M Group typeset 220 pages in total.

Typesetting included:

  • design review before production
  • initial layout of text and illustrations
  • creative artwork and layout design
  • correction rounds from authors and editors.

Japanese and English languages were typeset together by:

  • creating paragraph and character styles for both languages
  • selecting fonts with easy to recognise glyphs
  • matching character sizes across both languages
  • controlling spacing, alignment and kerning
  • using object styles to anchor design elements and rubi text.

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Layout design

The layout design was a creative process where text, graphics and images were arranged to suit a fixed page extent. This was achieved by:

  • contexual placement of illustrations within the text
  • modifying white space to separate design elements, exercises and lists
  • combining typography with image-based design.


Creating language books

Nikki M Group have experience completing projects in languages including Japanese, French, Indonesian, Arabic, German, Tongan and Italian.

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Cengage Learning Australia
Beginner, Year 7–10 students
Australian Curriculum
Japanese language books
Publication designProject managementIllustrationTypesettingPrint management